Modest charm of Samovar
Today the samovar is out of date. Earlier the families had a wonderful tradition of tea drinking, when the whole family gathered together at the samovar. This amazing household item was in almost every family.
The samovar became a symbol of Russia, but it was not a national invention. Peter I brought it from Holland along with other curious things. Because of the cold climate the samovar became very popular in Russia. To keep warm, people drank 15-20 cups of tea a day! In addition, the samovar heated the room.
The first manufacturers of samovars in Russia were the Ural craftsmen. Then there were workshops in Yaroslavl, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vologda, Kostroma. Tula, which received the status of the capital of the samovar, was the leader among them.
The first samovar workshop was created by the gunsmith Fedor Lisitsyn, and in 1778 his sons made the first samovar. In 1803 the workshop became a factory. The very first Russian factory, which received a foreign award for the samovars, was the factory of the Tula merchant Vasily Sergeevich Lomov. In 1836, at the Moscow Manufactory Exhibition, his samovars were awarded a silver medal, and after a while they were awarded the Order of the Lion and the Sun by Iranian government (Persia).
Initially, samovars were made from red copper and brass, and sometimes they were made from silver. The form of samovars was diverse – in Tula alone, about 150 species were produced. Sketches of these products were painted by famous artists and sculptors.
The samovar became not only the personification of the Russian way of life, but also the indicator of wealth.
In the late XIX – early XX century a kerosene samovar appeared. And after the events of 1917, the samovar industry practically ceased to exist. With the NEP the Tula samovars were made again. And then there was a lull until the end of World War II. In the 1950s, all the samovar factories of Tula were merged into one factory.
At the wedding of Sergei Yesenin and Isadora Duncan, held in the US, because of the Dry Law, cognac was served in samovars.
There are several museums of samovar: in Tula, Gorodets, in the village Suksun, Permsky Krai.
Samovar monuments are in many Russian cities. There are monuments to the samovar in Finland, Turkey, Iran.
The most expensive samovars are K. Faberge samovars.
Master of micro miniature Nikolai Aldunin made a samovar with a height of only 1.2 mm. It consists of 12 parts, and is made of gold.
The samovar can create an amazingly warm and cozy atmosphere at home, add a unique color to family dinners, recall the long-forgotten, but such pleasant Russian traditions.
Modest charm of Samovar
Monuments to samovar
The Samovar Spring
Monument to the Samovar in Yelabuga, Tatarstan, Russia
Monument to the samovar in Mogilev, Belarus
Monument to samovar in Van, Turkey
Monument to samovar in Tatarstan, Russia
Monument to samovar in Poltava
Monument to samovar in Perm Region, Russia
Monument to samovar in Penza
Monument to samovar in Mytischi
Monument to samovar in Kungur, Perm Region, Russia
Monument to samovar in Helsinki
Monument to samovar in Gorodets
Monument to samovar in Azerbaijan
Monument to Mukha-Tsokotukha with a samovar in Donetsk
Monument in Omsk
Lady with a samovar on her head in Tyumen, Russia
Samovar in paintings
Alexander Prokopenko. Still life, 2005
Alexander Ustinovich. At the samovar. 1985
Anatoly Treskin. At the samovar. 1930’s
Anatoly Volkov. 1955
Anatoly Volkov. Interior. 1963
Andrey Saratov. Easter still life
Anna Silivonchik. Tea drinking
Boris Krylov. Tea in a samovar. 1944
Boris Kustodiev. Merchant on the balcony
Boris Vedernikov. Samovar on a scarlet background
Boris Vedernikov. Still life with a samovar
Daria Timoshkina. Samovar with apples
Evelina Yuryevna Beketova
Evgeni Vladimirovich Mukovnin. Hunting Still Life
Evgeny Glyz. Playing backgammon at the samovar. 2003
G. Shishkin. Still-life with a samovar, 1988
Grigorieva Natalia Alexandrovna
Igor Belkovsky. The rain. 1993
Igor Gennadievich Panov. Samovars
Igor Gennadievich Panov. Tea Party
Ilya Glazunov. Russian man. 1967
Ilyas Fayzullin. On the Chinese tablecloth, 1985
Inna Kuzubova. Linden honey
Ivan Kirillov. Tea drinking
Konstantin Grachev. Baked milk
Konstantin Yuon. Ligachevo, May. 1928
Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin. At the samovar. 1926
Larisa Beshkinskaya. At the samovar. 1971
Lesohina Lyubov Yurievna. Hot tea
Maria Stanislavovna Pavlova. At the dacha
Merchant Tea Drinker, 1923
Morev Andrey. Still Life with a Samovar
N. Sluginov. Samovar, 2005
Natalia Pavlusenko. Samovar
Natalia Suvorova. Mother and daughter
Nikolay Repyah. Still Life with Ashberry, 2005
Nikolay Zadonsky. Tea drinking. 1977
Olga Pavlovna Vorobyova. Invitation to tea
Olga Petrovna Dolgaya. Still life with sweets
Onufriy Terentyevich Bizyukov
Pavel Mikhailovich Gavrichenkov. Rustic Still Life
Serafim Altayev. Samovar, 1990
Stanislav Babyuk. Girl with a samovar
Tatyana Tolstaya. At the samovar. 1950
V. Nagornov. The Fair
V. Nesterenko. Sweets
V. Stozharov. At the Samovar
V.E. Makovsky. Boy and woman drinking tea
Vasily Bajuskin. At dinner. 1950’s
Victor Yuryevich Dovbenko. Breakfast at the dacha
Victor Yuryevich Dovbenko. Breakfast
Victoria Kirdiy. Kustodiev in Mytishchi
Vladimir Stozharov. At the samovar. 1956
William MacGregor Paxton. The Samovar, 1926
William McGregor Paxton. Tea Leaves, 1909
Yakov Potapov. At the samovar. 1980
Yuri Kugach. Guests