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A Revolution In Russian Design: Solntsev And The Decorative Arts

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The publication of Fedor Solntsevs monumental six-volume set of drawings, Antiquities of the Russian State between 1849 and 1853 marks a turning point in the history of Russian design. The ideas leading to a reassessment of Russias artistic future began percolating early in the century. Solntsevs drawings of objects in the holdings of the Kremlin Armory became the essential reference for future designers, especially in the decorative arts. The Kremlin Service can be divided into two parts: the gold service included the plates for appetizers, hot dishes, and desserts; the white service was for soup. Besides his drawings for porcelain, Solntsev also created designs for metalwork. Westerners have always responded favorably to Russias Slavic styles, from Ignatii Sazikovs and Pavel Ovchinnikovs metalwork to Kornilovs porcelain to the Ballets Russes.

Keywords: Antiquities of the Russian State; decorative arts; Fedor Solntsev; Ignatii Sazikov; Kremlin palace; Pavel Ovchinnikov; Russia



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