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Galerie J. Kugel, Paris.
Les trésors des Tsars, Galerie J. Kugel, Paris, 1998, no. 90.
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AN EXTENSIVE RUSSIAN GILT-AND PATINATED BRASS TEA-AND COFFEE- SERVICE
PROBABLY BY THE DEMIDOFF WORKSHOP, THE URALS, CIRCA 1770
- a tea-kettle and stand (burner lacking) on incurved trefoil tray - overall height 35 cm. (13¾ in.)
- a pear-shaped coffee-pot on spreading foot - 25 cm. (9 7/8 in.) high
- a covered sugar-bowl - 16 cm. (6¼ in) high
- a pear-shaped cream-jug - 13 cm. (5 in.) high
- a bullet-shaped teapot together with an associated oblong stand - 13 cm. (5 in) high
- a pair of shaped circular trays -40 and 41,5 cm. (15¾ and 16 3/8 in.) diameter
Each with gilt border chased with scrolls and foliage, the bodies variously chased with figures in landscapes, buildings, scrolls and foliage, the trays each with vacant rococo cartouche incorporating putti, the kettle with fixed bird and scroll overhead handle terminating in female busts.
Copper was extracted in the Urals where most of the mines for this material belonged to the Demidoff family. They also owned mines producing iron, silver, and both precious and semi-precious stones. From the middle of the 18th century, the family opened workshops which produced, among other things domestic objects such as teapots and coffee-pots repoussé and chased with rococo motifs in partly-gilt metal.