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The Russian Imperial Lapidary website sets out to introduce the fascinating work of the stone grinding and carving factories to a world audience.
Three centres of production; Peterhov - St. Petersburg, Ekaterineburg - Urals District and Kolyvan - Altai District together produced a style of hardstone, marble carving and pietre dure known as Russian Mosaic.
From 1742, Imperial patronage ensured the amazingly rich coloured hardstones such as malachite, agates, jasper and rhodonite were crafted into decorative items. These were very often on a scale and quality seen nowhere else in the world.
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