Armchair

Russia, 1870s

This armchair incorporates a pair of mittens, two hatchets and a reproduction of a shaft bow, a traditional part of horse harness in Russia. The bow is inscribed with the Russian saying equivalent to “Slow and steady wins the race.” The chair was put on show at the All-Russian Exhibition in 1870, where its creator, the joiner and woodcarver Vasily Shutov, was awarded a bronze medal. Subsequently, on the tide of the Narodnik movement and patriotic Russophile attitudes in society, the design became exceptionally popular. Shutov’s workshop, which held the exclusive right to it for ten years, produced dozens of similar pieces. Various versions are known, differing in both the selection of folkish elements for inclusion in the composition and the choice of popular proverb or saying carved on the shaft bow.

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Armchair

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carved

Dimensions:

66x78x99 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1988; purchased from Art Sale Gallery №1 in Leningrad

Inventory Number:

ЭРМб-1843

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