A large 19th century Russian lacquer tea caddy, probably Lukutin Factory, Moscow circa 1880
A fine and large 19th century Russian lacquer tea caddy probably manufactured by the Lukutin Factory around 1880. The box is of typical circular form with the outer surface finished in black lacquer, and the interior surface finished in bright red cinnabar lacquer. The top of the box is beautifully painted with a winter scene depicting two girls riding in a troika driven by a muzhik in a winter landscape.
Condition is excellent antique. The painting is fresh and sharp with a slight surface cracleur consistent with age and usage. There are no significant dings, losses, or dents, and there are no signs of old repairs.
The Lukutin Factory was founded in 1818 by Piotr Lukutin. Lukutin achieved a very high standard of artistry by giving grants to his artists to attend the Stroganov School of icon painting, and his factory produced a wide range of products which appealed to all classes. Lukutin concentrated on sewing boxes and tea caddies which were usually decorated with winter scenes of troikas, tea parties, village festivals and scenes of country life. Piotr’s son Alexander took over the factory in 1843, and this box was probably produced under his directorship.
A fine Christmas or birthday gift for that special tea connoisseur.
See: David Armstrong, Russian Lacquer Boxes, Russia, Detskaya Kniga, 1992.
and: Vladimir Guliayev, The Fine Art of Russian Lacquered Miniatures, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1993, pg. 37.
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