A number of publications of interest, some of which can be ordered from Russian Imperial Lapidary.

камнерезное искусство урала
‘Stone-cutting Art of the Urals’

Борис Васильевич Павловский (author)


Свердловское книжное изд-во, 1953. 1.5 x 15 x 23cm, hardcover, 150 pages. Very good condition. Small amount of wear on spine. With black and white illustrations.

Language: Russian.

In this book, the author introduces the reader to the development of stone carving in Sverdlovsk ( Yekaterinburg ) and surrounding areas.

Pietre Dure
Hardstone in Furniture and Decorations

Anna Maria Giusti

London, Philip Wilson Publishers Limited, 1992. 3.2 x 26 x 30.5 cm, hardcover, 312 pages.

Book in good, clean condition, dust jacket shows signs of wear. Colour and black & white photographs.

Language: English.


Pietre dure was used as an inlay or as a carved element in prestigious furniture and decorations from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

The author details the growing popularity of this art form during the Renaissance, the revival of the techniques and the spread of the workshops through Europe. The book is completed by an invaluable Appendix describing the types, sources, and characteristics of the various kinds of pietre dure.

The Gilbert Collection: Hardstones

Anna Maria Massinell

London, Philip Wilson Publishers Limited, 2000. 23.9 x 3 x 30.6 cm, hardcover, 240 pages.

Good condition. Wear on dust cover. With colour photographs.

Language: English.


The technique of the hardstone mosaic was developed in 16th-century Florence. During the 17th century the technique was used in the production of some of the most magnificent luxury objects in Italy. In the 18th century, panels of landscapes, birds and flowers were incorporated into furniture and snuffboxes. This later gave way to the production of pictures in extraordinary convincing imitation of oil paintings. This volume examines the collection in detail, through essays discussing the development of mosaics in semi-precious stones, and in individual entries covering works from Florence and elsewhere in Europe. Notable examples include an inlaid hardstone casket from the court workshop of Rudolph II, and an English cabinet made for Hamilton Palace, incorporating hardstones from the Gobelins workshop of Louis XIV, and jewel-encrusted hardstone snuffboxes from the court workshop of Frederick the Great.

“Камейное Художество”
на императорских камнерезных фабриках
“The Art of Cameo”
Imperial Lapidary Works in Russia: Peterhof, Yekaterinburg, Kolyvan

Каган Ю.О.

St. Petersburg, Эрмитаж, 2003. 1 x 17 x 24.5cm. 212 pages.

Good condition, small amount of wear on corners. With colour photographs.

Language: Russian.


This book is dedicated to little known but vivid and distinctive field of stonecarving in Imperial Russia - production of stones at Peterhof, Yekateirinburg and Kolivansky grinding and lapidary factories, where masters registered to these production sites were forced to work. This book tells us about these times, helping the reader to feel all the difficulties and joy of creation real masterpieces known worldwide.


A. Golomzik

Sverdlovsk, Mid-Urals Publishing House, 1983. 2 x 25 x 30cm.

Good condition. Housed in slipcase that has small amount of wear. With many colour photographs.

Language: Russian (some English)


The text is in Russian but the illustrations are identified in English as well. There is also a summary in English. Vast amount of photographs. The book is divided into sections: Beauty and Harmony; Ural Gems - rhodonite; Rhodonite of the landscape variety.


V.B. Semyonov

Sverdlovsk, Mid-Ural Publishing House, 1987. 3.5 x 25 x 30.

Two books in slipcase. Books in very good condition, slipcase shows signs of wear. First book has vast amount of photographs, second has text.

Language: Russian.


Detailed text and photographic account of Malachite; its history and use in architecture, jewellery and applied arts.

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