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Russian 18th-20th Century Glass in the State Historical Museum

About 200 works Russian glassblowers created from the end of 18th through the beginning of the 20th century are on display in the State Historical Museum. The pieces have unique artistic quality and historical value

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Due to the fact that 2014 is the official Year of the Culture in Russia, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation acquired the unique collection for the State Historical Museum – more than 200 items of Russian glass from end of the 18th through the beginning of the 20th century. Many exhibits presented on the exhibition are exceptional from a scientific point of view and have no analogues in major museum collections. 

Rare glass goblet "gold ruby "

This exhibition is a reflection of the 150-year history of the first Russian Imperial Glass Factory. Each product with the famous gold monogram is unique. The court factory, where the best glassblowers used to work, worked exclusively for the royal family. Artists of the imperial plant took first place prizes at world exhibitions. They not only perfectly mastered foreign technology but also set the fashion of "Russian style". The bright example made on this factory is a rare "gold ruby " glass bowl painted at the turn of the 19th century.  Also palace's glass sets are shown. For example, magnificent items made from crimson glass in a lush silver frame used to be a part of wedding service that belonged to Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, the daughter of Emperor Nicholas I. 

This service was made as a wedding gift to Olga, daughter of Nicholas I
Dish with the monogram of Nicolas I. Most likely it was created for the coronation during the visit of the emperor to Moscow.
Dish with the monogram of Nicolas I. Imperial Glass Factory. 1820-1830.
Mug with a portrait of Emperor Alexander I - a souvenir of 1812 Patriotic War era.
Mug with a portrait of Alexander I. Imperial Glass Factory.
The exhibition features a rich palette of styles in glass, like "Chinoiserie" and the "second Rococo", neoclassical decorations in "Oriental style" and fine works in "Renaissance" style.
Painting in the Renaissance style. Simple shapes and subtle color pattern.
A separate topic consists of works in "Russian" and "modern" styles. The "Byzantine" stylistic line is represented by a unique green vase with gold mesh and red enamel droplets.
Vase in the " Byzantine " style. Imperial Glass Factory 1820-1830.
The imperial factory, like others, turned out a variety of styles. Here is a pitcher in the eastern spirit.

This impressive vase - is the product of another plant , Dyatkovo (generally by the end of the 18th century in Russia there were more than 80 glass companies in Russia, and by the end of the 19th century more than 200). Decorated with a small national emblem empire.

These exhibits not only decorated and expanded the collection of the State Historical Museum's Glass, but also undoubtedly enriched the artistic wealth of the country.

The exhibition opened November 19 and continues until May 15.


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