A STUDY IN A SIBERIAN HOUSE, Russian School

A STUDY IN A SIBERIAN HOUSE, Russian School

1840 Russia

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This is a particularly interesting study, for Siberia was remote from most forms of western civilisation and is justly famous as a place of exile. Apart from the military and civil servants, engineers or merchants formed the bulk of the sparse Russian population. This faithful depiction of a room of the 1840s bears the stamp of official occupation: merchants tended towards more settled comfortable furnishings.

Russian furniture of this date borrows as much from the Biedermeier style as it does from the French Empire. The Mongolian servant leaving the room suggests the exotic, however, the room has its own sense of fashionable luxury. The furniture is familiarly true to type, the secretaire, derived from a French prototype like the vitrine , whereas the full-length column mirror, the sabre-leg chairs and neo-classical settee are inspired by German or Austrian Biedermeier furniture. Possibly of Baltic manufacture they use Karelian birch and fruitwoods. The sinumbra lamp with a large glass shade on top of the cabinet is of the latest type, following the 'Argand' pattern with a wedge-shaped annular fuel reservoir casting as little shadow as possible. The single landscape painting in a gilt frame, stacks of books and bell-pull display a hint of recreation or even luxury amidst the far-flung terrain.
Christie’s Interiors Sale 1994
J. Kugel, Tresors des Tzars, Paris, 1998
Antoine Cheneviere, Russian Furniture: The Golden Age 1780-1840, New York, 1988
Dimensions
Height 134.00 mm (5.28 inches)
Width 235.00 mm (9.25 inches)
Medium
Watercolour with pen and black ink
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