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Gleb A. Pudov

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Gleb A. Pudov — PhD in Art History, Senior Curator of the Department of Folk Art, The State Russian Museum, Engineering St., 4, 191198 St. Petersburg, Russia.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7270-8065
E-mail: narodnik80@list.ru


History of Arts




Vol. 66


pp. 286–295


July 29, 2021

Approved after reviewing

September 30, 2021

Date of publication

December 28, 2022



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Despite the obvious interest in the Russian chest, which is taking place at the present time, there are many unresolved issues and questions in its history. Not only the different centers remain unknown, but also the types of their products. This paper considers a large group of chests that had not previously attracted the attention of researchers. These items were not identified among the Russian chest products. Against the background of the mass of products of large chest centers, they are found infrequently (both in museum collections and on electronic platforms). The study looks at two types of such chests. They had several varieties, differing in design, size and artistic decoration. The most common feature is the shape of the lid — sloping or flat. Regarding the style of both types of these chests, the paper  shows that the influence of European chests is visible in their appearance. Italian chests and English “standards” given as parallels. The author also states the connection of the manufacturing technology and style of chests with industrial production. Since it is problematic to determine the place of production of chests of this group, the study suggests two versions of their origin: one is connected with Moscow, the other is connected with the Russian north. In this regard, the dating is also being clarified: the end of the 19th – the first decades of the 20th century. These chests have pronounced external features, so they stand out clearly against the background of other chest products.


Chest, Museum Collection, Craft, Folk Art, Chest Production.


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