Russian Stone Carvings

 

     

The carvings to follow are vintage pieces from collections built in the 1960s-1980s and acquired by collectors at that time.  In speaking with others who sell similar things and were in business during those decades, they remember seeing these on occasion.  Normally, sold in gift shops these carvings are made from gypsum and other stones native to the western spurs of the Ural mountains and represent what must have been a short term cottage industry.  These carvings have become very uncommon. Seen here is, by far, the largest selection of these examples of Russian art.

The gypsum used in the majority of these carvings is semi-transparent with a light yellow ocher tint.  It has a silky inner luster.  White marble is the most common accessory stone in these piece.  The carvings are finished by hand and finally coated with paraffin that is baked in to harden the stone's surface and give the final product a high luster.  With each carving comes the original tag describing the carving and finishing process.

 

 

 

GDC-045

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GDC-045       Nun Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  11.5 cm.  Marble and gypsum.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

GDC-046

GDC-046       Turtle Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  4.7 cm.  Gypsum.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

GDC-047

GDC-047       Dog Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  7.3 cm.  Gypsum.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

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GDC-048       Two Bird Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  11.7 cm.  Gypsum on soapstone.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

GDC-049

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GDC-049       Owl Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  4.7 cm.  Gypsum.  $20

 

 

 

 

GDC-050

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GDC-050       Three Owl Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  11 cm.  Gypsum on marble.  $85

 

 

 

 

 

GDC-051

GDC-051       Ram Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  5.3 cm.  Gypsum.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

GDC-052

GDC-052       Bear and Hedgehog Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  7.2 cm tall.  Gypsum and soapstone.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

GDC-053

GDC-053       Russian Sable Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  8.8 cm.  Gypsum on marble.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

GDC-054

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GDC-054       Two Bird Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  10.8 cm.  Gypsum on soapstone.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

GDC-055

GDC-055       Duck Vase Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  8.3 cm.  Gypsum n potstone.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

GDC-056

GDC-056       Bird Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  6.3 cm.  Gypsum.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

GDC-057

GDC-057       Egg with Stand Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  6 cm.  Gypsum.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

GDC-058

GDC-058       Fish Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  6 cm.  Gypsum.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

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GDC-059       Squirrel Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  10.5 cm.  Gypsum.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

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GDC-060       Woman on Chair Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  5.5 cm high.  Gypsum and marble.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

GDC-060

GDC-061      Bird Carving        Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Like new.  6.5 cm high.  Gypsum on marble.  $50

 

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