At the beginning of the XIX th century a tradition of
manufacturing porcelain figures came into being in Russia. At first models
for them were literature or fary - tales characters, later - personages of
peasants and town inhabitants. Karl Faberge was among the first to develop
this direction in the stonecutting art. It occurred to the master that the
figures would look better and more attractive if their parts were made out
of coloured stones. He mastered the manufacturing of such figures to the
top perfection turning them into real works of art. After the October
revolution this direction of art was declared to be an example of a bad
bourgeois taste and soon forgotten.
At early 60s of
the XX th century V. Konovalenko, a theatrical artist by profession,
created about a dousen of stonecutting figures. They differ from those
of Faberge in their genre compositions and size (Faberge's figures - 16
- 18cm, Konovalenko's - 25-28 cm). After being exhibited at one of Moscow
museums, his figures were confiscated and he was forced to emigrate to
the USA. Only after the political situation in the country was changed
stonecutting artists obtained creative freedom and many of them turned
to making stone figures, following and developing the traditions of the
Russian carvers of hard stone.
of making carved stone figures occurred to V.M. Vasiliev long before the
foundation of the workshop, already in mid 1980s, but the conditions for
realizing it appeared only by mid 1990 s.
It took 8 years to create such compositions as
"Legend about Artamonov",
"Ognevushka - Poskakushka",
a clock "A bear with a barrel", a clock "Forest cocks",
"Currant" and others.