Russian Metal Artworks

Photo album

    Photo album

    Russia, Moscow


    Ovchinnikov factory

    Silver, velvet, paper; casting, rouletting, engraving, niello, gilding

    23.5 х 32.0 х 5.0 сm

    Marks: "П.ОВЧИННИКОВЪ" double-headed eagle; "И.К/1879"; "84"; city coat of arms


    Rectangular photo-album with twenty-one sheets, with covers, upholstered in blue velvet and silver clasp. The top cover of the album is decorated with overlaid rectangular gilded silver plate in the center of an oval medallion. The Moscow University old bilding in Mokhovaya is engraved on it. The image is framed by the inscription: "ИВАНУ ФЕОДОРОВИЧУ КЛЕЙНУ ОТЪ СТУДЕНТОВЪ Vго КУРСА МЕДИЦ : ФАК.", "МОСКВА", "1879". (TO IVAN FEODOROVICH KLEIN FROM THE STUDENTS OF THE FIFTH COURSE OF THE MEDICAL FACULTY. MOSCOW, 1879). The edges of the plate are decorated with a relief (flagellum), engraved and cut foliate-geometrical ornament with the inclusion of six-round rosages medallions. Images of a snake over a wineglass, a book and Hippocrates (?) are in one of the medallions. Presumable, that the images are symbolising medicine as a science. Four silver "beetles" in the shape of a lozenge with a rosette in the center are fixed on the bottom cover. They serve as small feet. The album clasp is decorated with the foliate-geometric patterns. The album cutting is three-sided, gold.

    The album contains 121 photos with portraits of young students. Referring to the dedicatory inscription, the album was presented to Ivan Fedorovich Klein (1837 - 1922) - Russian pathologist, Professor Emeritus of the Moscow University, who was the first to introduce the study of pathological anatomy basing on the use of a microscope.