4 June 2014
TULA, CIRCA 1800
Length in scabbard 53 cm, length of blade 35.5 cm.
Related literature: For similar work, see Nozhi mira, Mir entsiklopediy Avanta+, Astrel, Moscow, 2008, p.62.
The kindjal with double fuller steel blade and square formed ivory grip carved with lozenge pattern, the scabbard and grip with shaped steel mounts inlaid with stylized flowers, leaves and garlands, applied with brass.
Works from the Tula armourers were always distinguished by the high quality of their craftsmanship and originality. Masterful metalworking and the use of different techniques to decorate arms laid the foundation for the production of other objects and furniture in steel.
In the 16–17th centuries Tula masters inherited the traditions of the Moscow Armoury Chamber for decorating arms; patterns on steel were applied by engraving or etching and plated with gold, silver and copper or damascened. Works by Tula “goldsmiths” take a prominent place in the collections of various museums in Russia and the West. One of the most significant collections is that held by the State Hermitage.
The present lot is a rare and representative example of the Tula armourers’ creativity; the steel mounts of the scabbard and handle are decorated with an elegant, two-colour inlay of flowers, leaves and garlands. Such high quality pieces are a rarity in the current art market and therefore of particular interest to collectors.
A similar kindjal can be found in the collection of the State Historical Museum in Moscow.
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