The Tsars' Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs
Thu, Mar 27 - Sat, May 24, 2014
Times: Tue. - Fri., 11AM - 3PM; Thurs. 'til 7PM; Sat. 9AM - 3PM
Venue: Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union Street, Clinton, MA 01510Contact:
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The Tsars' Cabinet, which highlights Russian decorative arts under the Romanovs, from the time of Peter the Great in the early 18th century to that of Nicholas II in the early 20th century. Many of the more than 230 objects in the exhibition were designed for public or private use of the tsars or other Romanovs. Others illustrate the styles that were prominent during their reigns. Developed from the Kathleen Durdin Collection and organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, in collaboration with International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.
Porcelain, glass, enamel, silver gilt and other alluring materials make this extensive exhibition dazzle. The items demonstrate the evolution of style from the European Classicism of the court of Catherine the Great, to the rich oriental motifs of mid-19th century Russian Historicism of the Kremlin and Grand Duke Constantine Nicholaevich services and the enamel work of Fedor Ruckert and the firm of Ovchinnikov.