Russian Metal Artworks

Paperweight with the Tsar Cannon monument reduced copy

    Paperweight with the Tsar Cannon monument reduced copy

    Russian Empire

    The 1860-1870s

    G. Schmidt workshop

    Bronze, malachite, marble; casting, embossing, gilding, mosaic

    13.0 x 22.9 x 12.3 cm


    Reduced copy of the Tsar Cannon made from gilded bronze (upon the original of 1586 by artisan Andrey Chokov is mounted on rectangular marble base, revetted with malachite. Four flat brackets are placed horizontally on the sides of the cannon barrel. The relief of an equestrian figure (Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich), framed on the side and top with inscriptions, is on the barrel front right side. The engraved frieze with floral ornament on the muzzle breechloader rims. Bas-relief in the form of a lion's head with the wide-open gape framed by foliage ornament is on the carriage. The carriage lateral sides are decorated with relief symbolic composition with the image of lion fighting a snake. The carriage wheels - two large in front and a smaller one in the back have ornately shaped ornamental spokes. Four cannonballs are stacked in pyramid in front of the cannon.
    The Tsar Cannon is located on the territory of the Moscow Kremlin and is the outstanding piece of work of Russian weaponry. It was made by the order of Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich in 1586 by the court bronzer Andrei Chokov at the Moscow Cannon mold Yard. According to the caliber, which is 890 mm, this is the largest cannon in the world, thus it got the name the "Tsar Cannon". Its weight is close to 40 tons. The Tsar Cannon never participated in combat battles. Four cores, folded in a pyramid near its pedestal, are decorative; they are hollow inside and were cast together with the carriage from cast iron in 1835 at the Charles Baird (1766-1843) factory in Saint Petersburg.