Featuring some of the most technically accomplished works ever produced, this lavish work examines over 800 years of Russian decorative art.
Published in association with the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, this volume gives an overview of Russian decorative art from the 12th to the early 20th century.
The exquisite pieces examined range from a 12th-century gold enamel pendant and jewelled Byzantine icons, to a 17th-century casket in the shape of a palace, and from intricately worked drinking bowls and cups, to an 18th-century painted enamel snuffbox in the form of an envelope. Other items to admire are two magnificent Fabergé eggs, including one that opens to reveal a miniature model of the Gatchina Palace, an oval box with the monogram of Tsar Nicholas II picked out in diamonds, and a diamond necklace with portraits of the Tsar’s four daughters, who were all murdered with him by the Bolsheviks.
The core of this magnificent collection was acquired by Henry Walters for the Walters Art Museum in the years following the Russian Revolution, and reveals the sophistication and breathtaking skill of Russian artists. Lavishly produced, this book is a covetable object in its own right, featuring a slipcase, over 150 illustrations with captions and essays on different aspects of the Walters Collection.
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