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Desk with Animals and Decoration
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Desk with Animals and Decoration


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This seven-drawer miniature writing desk is known as a "teremok" (small tower) cabinet. Flat walrus-ivory and bone plaques, some of which have been stained moss green, are affixed by nails to the cabinet's front and sides, and to the fronts of the three interior drawers. Their surface is busily decorated with circle motifs and colored black. Twelve thicker plaques carved with rocaille floral openwork decoration typical of the mid 18th century north Russian School have been set over mica sheets on the exterior drawer fronts, sides, and top. The two largest of these plaques are set into the sloping drop-front. They include, on the right, a lion, and on the left a doe and swooping bird, within the stylized floral matrix. Several of the plaques are chipped or cracked. On the back on a paper tag is written: "130;" engraved on the bottom of the left front foot is the date "1812."
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
9/18/1951Treatmentcleaned
7/20/1959Examinationexamined for exhibition
Exhibitions
  • Russian Art: Icons and Decorative Arts from the Origin to the Twentieth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1959-1960.
  • A Millennium of Christianity: Russian Art from The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance [Scandinavia]; William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Number] On the back on a paper tag: 130; [Date] Engraved on the bottom of the left front foot: 1812
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
early 19th century
Medium
wood, walrus ivory, and bone
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.429
Measurements
11 5/8 x 9 13/16 x 4 5/16 in. (29.5 x 25 x 11 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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