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Vase

Vase

  • Place of origin:

    St Petersburg (made)
    Russia (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1904 (designed)
    1904 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ivanovich, Ivan (designer)
    Imperial Glass Factory (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cased and wheel-cut glass

  • Museum number:

    C.54-1992

  • Gallery location:

    Glass, Room 131, case 29, shelf 1

This Russian vase shows an awareness of developments in French glass in the early 20th century. It is dated 1904 but may have been designed earlier. The designer, Ivan Ivanovich Murinov, was a glass painter who became artistic director at the Imperial China and Glass Works in St Petersburg from 1894-1901. During his last years there he supervised the production of pieces in the Art Nouveau style. Murinov much admired the work of the French glassmaker Emile Gallé, which influenced the decoration of this vase. Waterweeds and snails were popular in Japanese art. Here, as in Gallé's work, these natural forms have been used as symbols of mystical ideas.

Physical description

Ovoid glass vase with short neck, cased and wheel-cut. The vase is green and purple-black glass depicting water snails and water weeds.

Place of Origin

St Petersburg (made)
Russia (made)

Date

c. 1904 (designed)
1904 (made)

Artist/maker

Ivanovich, Ivan (designer)
Imperial Glass Factory (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Cased and wheel-cut glass

Marks and inscriptions

'1904' and insignia for Nikolas II, cut
Makers's mark

Dimensions

Height: 25.0 cm

Descriptive line

Vase, possibly designed under the direction of Ivan Murinov, made by Imperial Glassworks, St. Petersburg, c. 1904

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Corning: Russian Glass of the 17th-20th Centuries, Corning, 1990, pp.50,183, cat.no.59, illus.
Greenhalgh, Paul (Ed.), Art Nouveau: 1890-1914 . London: V&A Publications, 2000

Labels and date

Ivan Ivanovich Murinov was a glass painter. He started work at the Imperial Glassworks in 1855; in 1872 he became master in the 'painting workshop'. From 1894-1901 he was in charge of artistic development of the Imperial China and Glass Works and in his last years there he oversaw the department's productions in the Art Nouveau style. Gallé's work was much admired as is evident in this vase which, although dated 1904, may have been designed earlier. Decorated with waterweeds and snails, in Japanese taste but also with overtones of symbolism, this vase demonstrates an awareness in Russia of developments in French glass at the same date. []

Production Note

Attribution to Romanov suggested by Tatiana Petrova of the Hermitage in 2004. This object was previously stated to have been designed under the direction of Ivan Murinov. However, Ms Petrova advised that Murinov died in 1901.

Materials

Glass

Techniques

Cut

Subjects depicted

Snails; Plants

Categories

ELISE; Images Online; Vases; Glass

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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