| All of
the Russian national art crafts had begun in the workshops of Russian
Orthodox Church. And this art was developing and transferring through
the centuries from one generation of masters to another
The history of Siberian varnish art comes to us from XVIII century. The primogenitor of this art is the representative of the famous Demidoff’s mine-owners dynasty – Akinfy Nikitich Demidoff. Demidoffs were related to the Siberian area. Akinfy Nikitich is the most colorful representative of the Demidoff’s dynasty. He was the first charitable sponsor and connoisseur of art, he has create the Siberian varnish craft (nowadays this art is known as “Traditional Nizhnetagilsky Tray Craft”).
In the april 1999 in Tyumen some archive documents were discovered. They were related to the Demidoffs activity. In the beginning of the XVIII century Peter the First had issued the Edict “All of the Siberian and Ural factories must run under Nikita and Akinfy Demidoffs management” Demidoffs had created all of the economical power of Ural and Siberia. You may convince in this by visiting samovars and old documents exhibition in the museum in Nizhny Irginsk (Sverdlovsk area).
Our modern manufacturing – ZAO “Nizhnevartovskaya fabrika lakovoi zhivopisi T.A.Kuzminoy” was founded in 1991. When there were a difficult times in Russian economics this factory was able to save and to increase varnish craft traditions, and to take part in the history of Russian national art crafts.
This factory is the only enterprise in Russia that is giving patented services on highly-artistic Siberian (Ural) art-writing techniques on the Tula’s samovars and other everyday items: teapots, kettles, tea sets, cups and other things…
There are two documental films were made about our factory
The factory had taken the II place in 2000 at the exhibition in the Khanty-Mansiisk, that was devoted to 70th anniversary of Khanty-Mansi Independent Area.
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