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Ice transportation in Russia] - KOLLMANN, C[arl Ivanovich] - 1786. 
St. Petersbourg first half of 19th century - Watercolour (sheet: 31.5 x 23.5 cm). Framing of lines and turquoise wash painted as well, signature 'C. Kollmann. St. Petersbourg' in the lower left corner of the image; slight rubbing to lower margin. Fresh original watercolour, signed by Kollmann. Subject of this charming composition is a traditional Russian winter scene in the countryside. Russian peasants are here depicted as they transport large ice cubes with the aid of a horse-drawn sledge. Active in St. Petersburg, Kollmann (1786/88-1846) was one of the greatest engravers and lithographers of the nineteenth century. He worked for the established publisher Pluchart and engraved a substantial portion of Kruzenstern's atlas. Indeed, the present composition is similar in subject to the one published by Pluchart, though, to our knowledge, no lithograph reproducing this specific composition is available on the market. The scarcity of original works by this master make the present work a rarity. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
[Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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