Ural Carved Stone

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Ural Carved Stone


art objects made from the colored stones of the Urals; an old example of Russian decorative applied arts. Ural carved stone became especially widespread in the years 1720–30, when the first “mills” were built in Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk) for carving marble, jasper, rhodonite, and rock crystal. The Ekaterinburg Lapidary Works, founded in the second half of the 18th century, produced large articles, for example, vases, candelabra, and fireplaces, as well as smaller objects, such as decorative obelisks, cameos, and seals. Beginning in the late 1850’s, cottage industry developed in the Urals; marble monuments, stone seals, and inkstands were produced.

Since the 1920’s, items of carved stone have been made by enterprises of the Russkie Samotsvety Trust in Sverdlovsk and other enterprises.


Pavlovskii, B. V. Dekorativno-prikladnoe iskusstvo promyshlennogo Urala. Moscow, 1975.
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