RUSSIAN NEOCLASSICAL MAHOGANY LINEN PRESS
Late 18th/Early 19th Century
In two parts, the upper cabinet with a Gothic arch galleried cornice above two doors opening to reveal three
shelves, the top shelf concave with notches, over two short drawers; the lower section with a Baltic Pine
dressing slide above three paneled drawers resting on a molded base raised on square tapered supports;
secondary woods of Baltic Pine; brass hardware appears original
Condition: Very good condition; brasses appear original; slight wear to the drawer fronts;
small veneer patches throughout; vertical shrinkage crack to the veneer on each door
88.5"(7' 4 1/2") High x 49"Wide x 23"Deep
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RUSSIAN NEOCLASSICAL FURNITURE
During the second half of the eighteenth century, Russia was to witness an unrivalled program of palace building, particularly under the
enlightened rule of Catherine the Great (1762-1796). On June 28, 1762, Catherine dethroned her husband, Peter III, thus beginning a thirty-four
year reign that would see her country become not only a modern state, but a power equal to the most significant of her European neighbors.
During her sovereignty, Russian territory expanded, the arts and sciences flourished, and many of the great palaces were built. So significant were
the advances made in this period, it would be remembered as “the magnificent age.”
Closely linked to the construction of new palaces in Russia is the history of furniture manufacture. So many luxurious new buildings required
appropriate furnishings, but without a significant source in Russia itself, the majority in the early period was imported from Europe. However, once the
need was established, Russia would soon develop her own cabinet-making industry, the significant growth of which can be seen in the records of the
Lepke sales, held in Berlin on behalf of the Soviet authorities on 6-7 November 1928 and 4-5 June 1929. The number of lots of Louis XV furniture
(pre-1770) in Russian sales is three times that of furniture made later, suggesting a significant decline in furniture imports post-1770.
A feature that distinguishes the work of Russian cabinet-makers from their Western counterparts is their departure from strictly neo-classical patterns
and designs. While their work does of course refer to these established motifs, their interpretations have a far more intimate and bucolic nature.
Antoine Chenevière: Russian Furniture Weidenfeld & Nicolson. London. 1988.
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