Property of a Gentleman
A RUSSIAN BLACK DOLOMITE CIRCULAR VASE CIRCA 1840, BY THE EKATERINBURG IMPERIAL LAPIDARY WORKS
the circular dish with grooved rim above a circular spreading foot, on a later painted wood square pedestal
vase: 40cm. high, 87cm. diameter; 1ft. 3¾in., 2ft. 10¼in.; plinth: 127cm. high, 57cm. wide; 4ft.2in., 1ft. 10⅜in.
This vase of large scale is in overall good restored condition. The edges with minor chips and rim with some minor losses which have been refilled. Some very minor cracks, but these do not distract. The foot with a restoration. The plinth with chips especially to edges and corners. Minor craquelure and scratches.
Great colour and ready to place.
plinth: 127cm. high, 57cm. wide
vase: 40cm. high, 87cm. diameter
total: 167cm. high, 87cm. diameter; 5ft. 5 3/4 in., 2ft. 10 1/ 4 in.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Vases of this large scale were produced in the imperial lapidary works as commissions for the imperial palaces or for the Tsars to send as diplomatic gifts and rarely appear on the market. Of an intense black with minor veins and speckles of white and yellow, this rare black Dolomite hardstone comes from the Chelyabinsk area in the Ural Mountains region. The sharp and elegant design, with wide lip, is very close to one vase drawing in the Imperial State Archive (fig.1) although with a slightly more elongated socle.