Treasure of Russia. Seven centuries of the jeweler’s art

Yekaterinburg – On August 14, the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art launched the exhibition Treasures of Russia. Seven Centuries of Jeweler’s Art. The exhibition represents works of applied art of the 14th – early 20th century from the collection of the State Historical Museum.

Two halls feature 119 works made of gold and silver of various idioms of artistic metal decoration: smithery, moulding, stamping, carving, filigree, niello, engraving and enamel.

The first hall represents objects of cult purpose created by the masters of Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Novgorod, Pskov, Yaroslavl and Kostroma. These are frameworks of icons and church books, pectoral and communion table crosses, censers and ritual vessels, marriage wreaths.

The second hall features works of secular nature: snuffboxes, caskets, cigarette cases, cups, mugs, coffee service, glasses, ladles, dishes, male and female jewels (earrings, suspension brackets, brooches).

The exhibition is unique not only in the presented works of high artistry but also in their historical significance. Many objects are connected with the names of the Russian tsars. Some of them has the engraved inscriptions (for example, “Vivat, vivat, vivat Tsar Peter Alekseevich” and “to the Noble Tsarevitch and Grand Duke Alexey Petrovich” on glasses), the others depict imperial portraits of Catherine II, Alexander III or the Russian two-headed eagle (on a cigarette case and jade glass by Faberge firm).

Another interesting exhibits are church objects dated to the 17th – the beginning of 20th century connected with the names of governors and historical persons of Russia: a censer of 1645 – with Tsar Michael Fedorovich, panagia – with Empress Anna Ioannovna, blessed water bowl – with Prince I. Shuiskey, chalice – with V. Golitsyn.

The exhibition will be opened till November, 10.

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