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    Sale 7630

    Russian Works of Art

    24 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 58

    Six panoramic views of Oil Extraction in Baku

    A R O R FOR BENKENDORF AND CO., BAKU, 1896, ONE SIGNED IN CYRILLIC 'D. MISHON'

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    Six panoramic views of Oil Extraction in Baku
    A R O R for Benkendorf and Co., Baku, 1896, one signed in Cyrillic 'D. Mishon'
    'Views of the Oil Business of the Benkendorf Company/Balakhany/1896': the first folded and composed of 4 albumen prints jointed together, the remaning views composed of 2 prints, the first three with general views of oil extraction; the fourth showing the open sided pipeline workshop; and two views of the opened drill housing, all mounted on card, laid in the original purple cloth portfolio with flaps, the upper side with Russian title and dedication blocked in black or silver, with white moiré-style paper lining, stamped on contents page, the third signed lower right
    overall print sizes: 8¾ x 40½ in. (22.5 x 103 cm.) and 8½ x 21 7/8 in. (21.5 x 55.5 cm.)


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    The 19th-century Caspian Oil Industry, Balkhany is located in the Baku municipality on the Absheron Peninsula, where the largest oil fields known at the time were located. Extensive exploitation began in the 1870s, and by the end of the century Baku had become the global centre of the oil industry. The binding records the presentation of this album 'to shareholder Petr Petrovich Muromtsov'.

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    Petr Petrovich Muromtsov (binding)