Archive for 2010

Blue Plate
Soup Plate from Coronation Service of Nicholas I, decorated with the great arms of the Russian empire and chain of the Order of St. Andrew. 1826. 9 1/2” (diameter). Raymond F. Piper Collection.

Dinner with the Tsars: Russian Imperial Porcelain

Lower gallery

Visitor’s Guide

This exhibition brings together approximately one hundred and forty superb examples of Russian porcelain wares produced at the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg during the rule of the Romanovs.

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Close-up of an object from The Museum of Russian Art's permanent lacquer collection. Photograph by Don Wang.

The Enchanted Art: A Legacy in Russian Lacquer

Fireside Gallery

Richly detailed, carefully crafted and colorful, the 65 lacquer miniatures on display reveal the distinct styles and unique artistry that developed in four Russian villages: Fedoskino, Kholui, Mstera and Palekh. Fairytales, literary works, historical events, and episodes from everyday life are a few of the wide-ranging themes depicted on these exquisite objects.

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Bed, late 19th-early 20th century. Vologda region, Russia. Private Collection of Susan Johnson.

A Homespun Life: Textiles of Old Russia

Lower Gallery

This original exhibition presents over one hundred artifacts revealing the rich peasant culture of northern and central Russia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featured are towels, bed skirts, area rugs, and pillow covers, along with spinning tools, garments, and costumes produced by peasant spinners, weavers and dressmakers. Designs and patterns were specific to regional centers of production, such as the Vologda, Riazan and Nizhnii Novgorod regions represented in this exhibition.

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