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Silver masterpieces of the northern land

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The museum is glad to present the new exhibition “The art of Severnaya Chern”.

The unique craft of nielloed silver jewellery articles of Velikiy Ustyug takes one of the leading places in history of the Russian applied art among the world-famous trades. The center of the unique national artistic handicraft, later well-known in the world under the trade mark of “Severnaya Chern”, appeared three centuries ago in the northern ancient Russian town of Velikiy Ustyug. Secrets of handicraft and mystery of the niello’s composition itself passed from generation to generation and reached the time we live covered with glory of unique traditions.

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The factory “Severnaya Chern” has been keeping and carrying on these traditions for 70 years. The nielloed silver articles made by craftsman of “Severnaya Chern” are often exhibited at home and abroad (in Moscow, London, Paris, New-York and other cities) and usually have been awarded or crowned with success and triumphant. At jewellery countries they stand out for their own unique artistic style of niello.
Characteristic features of the articles made by craftsmen of the factory “Severnaya Chern” are strict laconism of the form, unsurpassed refinement of decoration and irreproachable quality of execution. In every article one can observe, as if depicted with a wizard’s brush, streams of niello are running on silver. Design of the articles strikes imagination by its soft lines and intricate ornaments.

We welcome the reader to appreciate the results of the laborious, delicate craft at its true value at the exhibition “The art of Severnaya Chern”.


The exhibition is open till January 19, 2014.