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    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 151

    A Carved Stained Oak Trompe L'oeil Chair


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    A Carved Stained Oak Trompe L'oeil Chair
    After V.P Shutov, 19th century
    The curved backrest and front legs in the form of a decorated yoke carved with a Russian adage in stylized script, the arms carved as axes set in logs, the solid seat inset with pine, engraved and stained an embroidered draped cloth in the pan-Slavic style with a carved and stained pair of gloves at the back, with two partly spirally fluted back legs centred by a back support in the form of a scarf-draped balalaika, with the Russian adage on the back-rest 'If you take it slowly the further you can go, the guest sews and makes people laugh. united by a turned V-stretcher, stamped on the seat with a round stamp in Cyrillic: 'Ten Years M.F 1870'
    34½ in. (87.8 cm.) high; 23.5 in. (59.7 cm.) depth of the seat

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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, 1870. It is probably from this original model that the present lot takes its distinctinve design including the trompe l'oeil embroidered cloth seat. The design inspired numerous later versions produced throughout Russia and remained popular for four decades. Alexander III apparently purchased a similar chair and an example exists in the the Hermitage Collection (no. ERMB-481).

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