• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2308

    Russian Art

    23 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 243

    A Carved Stained Oak Trompe l'Oeil Chair


    Price Realised  


    A Carved Stained Oak Trompe l'Oeil Chair
    After a design by V.P. Shutov, late 19th century
    The curved backrest and front legs in the form of a decorated yoke, the backrest carved with the Russian adage 'Tishe edesh' dal'she budesh' in stylized script, the arms carved as axes set in logs, the seat carved en trompe l'oeil to imitate a pair of gloves resting on woven matting, the backrest centering a balalaika terminating in a rooster's head and suspending a wooden bell
    40½ in (102.9 cm.) high

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    The original 'Arch, Axe and Gloves' chair, inspired by Russian national folk furniture of the 17th century, was first produced by Vasilii Shutov and exhibited at the All-Russian Manufacturing Exhibition in St Petersburg in 1870. It is probably from this original model, which inspired numerous later versions produced throughout Russia and remained popular for four decades, that the present lot takes its distinctive design. Emperor Alexander III reputedly purchased a similar chair and an example exists in the the Hermitage Collection (no. ERMB-481).


    Sotheby's, New York, July 13, 2006, lot 332.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.