"Orchid - Falenopsis"
On this page you can see the most elegant of our works
- flowers out of stones. The starting point for making such things were
bouquets created in the workshops of the famous Russian jeweler Karl
Faberge. Stonecutting master Victor Vasiliev first saw those bouquets
in the beautifully illustrated book of Gez - fon - Gasburg named "Faberge".
"Faberge's flowers belong to his most attractive and elegant creations,
in which every possible register of surprising nature imitation was
manifested", the author of the book wrote. After studying this book
the stonecutter Vasiliev made up his mind to create his own bouquet. Not
a copy, but that of his own.
The first bouquet of the
stonecutter was a floral composition with violets. "Violets": in a small
vase out of agate - "perelivt" with the ground imitated by brown aventurine
grows a small bush of violets out of charoite, with leaves of green nephrite.
Three vases were made and tried for this composition, but only the fourth
one matched it according to its colour and ornaments. On this object ways
and means of cutting and polishing stone leaves and flowers were chosen.
The fact is that even the smallest details of the object should be made
with maximum of perfection.
Then a sketch of another
flower was prepared "Orchid - Falenopsis". An elegant shoot of an orchid
is located in a vase of rocky crystal. The orchid's flowers are made out
of the white cachalong. Cut circones sparkle in the center of each flower.
Nephrite leaves of a tender green colour are finely curved. The most crafty
detail about this work is the transparent vase rather than the flowers.
From the first sight it looks to be half - filled with water. The vase
is carved out of a separate piece of rocky crystal in the technique of
"trompe l'oeil", which creates this effect. Karl Faberge often used this
technical means in his works, due to which his bouquets looked alife
and practically didn't differ from natural flowers.
third floral composition became the flower "Orchid - Paniofedilum". A
large orange flower with corrugated petals is made out of bright red
carnelian. In the central part of the flower there is a rosette formed
by a few tiny cut circones. The flower is surrounded by five narrow
leaves of bluish-green chrysoprase. The flower is placed in a glass of
rocky crystal, made also in the technique of "trompe l'oeil". A copy of
this flower was presented to the president of the Russian Federation
during his visit to Nizny Tagil.
The fourth floral
composition - "Currant" - continue a series of bouquets in crystal vases.
The leaves of the currant are made out of nephrite and the berries - out
of honey-yellow carnelian. Spots of the muddy-brown colour on the green
nephrite add to the natural look of the leaves.