The uniqueness of St. Petersburg
school of Ornamental Turning, particularly in the eighteenth century,
was formed by co-operation of architects, sculptors, craftsmen, and
tsars in the creative process. Yes, even tsars!
Copy of medalion "St. Andre"
XVIII century, D - 12,5'', 1996
mammoth tusk, wood
in King's collection. Sweden.
mammoth tusk, gilded bronze,wood
in private collection. USA.
"The Life-Giving Cross"
1725 (reconstructed 1995)
82,6'' x 39,3''
mammoth tusk, wood, gilded bronze
Medalic lathe of Peter the Great
1720 (reconstructed 1993)
81,4'' x 72,83'' x 50,3''
oak, metal, gilded bronze
XXX SYMPOSIUM OF THE INTERNATIONAL
ICOHTEC 2003, August 21-26, St.Petersburg - Moscow, Russia
The not realized project
Peter the Great, 1721-25.
L.I. Fayenson, State Hermitage Museum, 1995
...The reconstruction of the
Cross is a stage in the
implementation of the "Theatrum Machinarum" project called so after the
manuscript of the same title written by Andrey Nartov, Peter' s private
turner and friend.
To immortalise Peter's achievements in "ornamental turning", in
author described and depicted 27 machines for artistry and the objects
made with the
personal participation of Peter the Great in the Emperor's Turnery,
which was considered
the best one in Europe. In many masterpieces of Russian "ornamental
there was embodied the genius of such outstanding architects and
sculptors as Rasstrelli
the senior and N. Pino whom Peter the Great and Nartov managed to carry
away with the
passion to "machines for artistry".
Fayenson, Ph.D. in arts,
the Catalogue of the "Rose and
Life-Giving Cross" exhibition,
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