American Decorative Arts

‘Russia’ Leather [upholstery]

ca. 1790

Leather from reindeer hide

Approx. 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 ft.
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, by exchange
1996.16.1
Culture: 
Russian
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Textiles
Geography: 
Made in Russia
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

The hide came from reindeer raised in Siberia. The tanning was done on the Niva River. It was excavated from a Danish ship, Die Frau Metta Catharina, built in 1782; the ship sank in a storm off Plymouth, England on December 10, 1786 while traveling from St. Petersburg to Genoa. The ship sank in 100 feet of water and was partially covered with 20 feet of mud.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, January 1996–December 1997,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1997–98): 147.

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