Today we are happy to offer for sale a wonderful relic from pre-revolutionary Imperial Russia: a Tula Batashov silverplate samovar! A samovar is a self-brewing heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water in Russia. This handsome and stately samovar is expertly and finely crafted of silver plated metal (possible white brass). The samovar features a traditional urn-shaped body on a footed pedestal base, with a gadrooned upper rim, folkloric vertical handles with black wood inserts, and spigot key. The top of the samovar can be used to heat up a teapot (see last photo of a painting by Boris Kustodiev of a similar samovar in use). The piece is hallmark on the lid in Russian “First Awards issued in 1870 1882”. There are 4 Medallion stamped seals (two with the Czar’s profile) for Design and Exhibition. The samovar is stamped with Russian Imperial Double Eagle monogram. The maker was the Steam Samovar Factory of Heirs to Vasiliy Stepanovich Batashev – City of Tula. The samovar is in good antique condition, with minor wear/tarnishing and patina commensurate with age and type of use. One of the wood handles is cracked in half (other half missing). There are minor dings and scuffs. There are minor dents and bends around the lids on top. There is a spare wood spacer (possibly an extra part). The samovar is being sold as is and is priced accordingly. This samovar, with a little (and easy) restoration, can look as good as it did back in the Imperial days! A outstanding piece of craftsmanship and history. Fresh from a local, Providence East Side estate, it is a family heirloom from “the old country”. Fresh to the market!
Dimensions: Height: 20″ Width: 14″ Depth: 12″
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