Lot 285: A Russian fruitwood, walnut, ebonised and parcel-gilt console table including transfers of lithographs after Victor-Jean Adam (1801-1866) second quarter 19th century

Sotheby's

July 8, 2008
London, United Kingdom

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Description: the rectangular banded top above a frieze drawer depicting hunting scenes and carriages with similarly decorated sides, on ebonised square tapering legs terminating in parcel-gilded and ebonised paw feet
Dimensions: 96cm. high, 123cm. wide, 62cm. deep; 3ft.1¾in., 4ft ½in., 2ft.½in.
Notes: The central vignette of Bogoslowsk is the twelfth plate entitled Vue de Bogoslowsk from a series depicting the eastern and central regions of Russia, drawn on stone by Hostein after a drawing by Victor-Jean Adam around 1830 and published in Paris by Imp. Lith. de Englemann & Co. Paris (see fig.1.). The remaining printed scenes including a border of vignettes depicting various figures in landscapes are probably after Adam too. Bogoslowsk is located at the foot of the Urals in the centre of Russia and was famous for it's proximity to one of the Demidoff mines - a supplier of copper and malachite(see fig.2.). It was the source for the malachite used in the Church of St. Issac in St. Petersburg and for a great malachite vase gifted to His Holiness the Pope in the 19th century by the Tsar. The technique of applying prints onto wood is usually associated with the town of Mauchline in Scotland, although these transfer printed items were produced across Scotland. From 1820 many small items or 'toys' were applied with popular prints, usually and like the offered lot, with topographical scenes. Work of this nature in Russia may well have been produced in the home of a wealthy individual as a past time, in that way that penwork or embroidery was undertaken for pleasure by female members of the middle and upper classes.
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