Moscow: Izd. Akademii arkhitektury SSSR, 1940. Item #677
159 pp.: ill. 27,5x20,5 cm. In the original illustrated green cloth with decorative composition and lettering. Very good, curious contemporary pencil notes on the front flyleaf (in verse and prose). The unknown inscriber calls the book ‘the album that measures human feelings’ but then adds ‘You could measure the forms, but you can not measure the great in the art: the feelings and the humanity’.
First and only issue. One of 6000 copies. Rare.
This is the book on the Russian furniture created in the period when the Russian craftsmen were the most independent from European tendencies. In connection with the French revolution, the trade relations between the Russian Empire and France became sharper. As a result, the popular French furniture was banned for mass import. The Russian masters were free to create the new canon and started to use the new types of wood: the curly birch, the black poplar and the bog oak.
The book features 36 items (tables, dressers and wardrobes, armchairs and chairs, screens, sofas) from the Soviet museums’ collections. They were related to the British and Roman style but were hardly interpreted by the innovative ideas of the masters. Not overembellished, these examples of furniture were chosen as able to bring the new wave to the Soviet design. The book provided their size and features, supplemented them with photographs and drawings.
Worldcat shows four copies located in Library of Congress, University of Kansas, New York Public Library and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.