Such samovars-roosters are known to be no more than a dozen. Manufactured in the early 1870s in the a-la Rus style, they were supposed to represent Russia among other goods at the 1873 exhibition in Vienna. This is evidenced by the inscription "In memory of the World Vienna Exhibition". It is unknown who exactly designed this particular samovar, but one of the earliest rooster samovars is dated to 1863 and signed by Hippolyte Monighetti - the architect of the Imperial Court. Monighetti was also the author of the Imperial Pavilion at the Vienna exhibition, decorated in the boyar style and marked with the exhibition medal. Organized by European industrialists, including the Krupps and Rothschilds, the Vienna World Exhibition became the first similar event outside of Great Britain and France. Despite its main goal of concluding contracts between representatives of big business, a special emphasis was placed on cultural dialogue. For this, an exhibition dedicated to the national cultures of the participating countries was organized in one of the central parks of Vienna. The pavilion of the Russian Empire presented a huge collection of samovars. Among them were samovars in the shape of a cup, cylinder, barrel, and samovars with built-in alcohol burners. But the centerpiece of the collection was a samovar made of gilded copper, shaped like a rooster. At the end of the exhibition, the rooster samovar received a gold medal. The award was not coincidental: even in the manufacturing technology, the masters deviated from the traditional method of forging the body of the samovar from sheet metal. The rooster was made using a new technological technique - casting from a model, and then richly decorated, including bone and glass. Despite the complexity of the work, the names of the masters remained unknown. Art critic Vladimir Stasov indicated the possible manufacture of the samovar in the Stanga workshop in St. Petersburg. However, there is no confirmation of this. The artistic style in which the samovar is made is called "rooster" or "ropetovsky" - named after the architect Ivan Pavlovich Ropet, who is considered the founder of the pseudo-Russian direction in visual arts that preceded Art Nouveau. It is based on the tradition of ancient Russian architecture and, at the same time, on folk decorative art. This is why the contrast exists: exceptional work is combined with folk proverbs written on the samovar. There are two of them: "The samovar is boiling, do not leave" and "Where there is tea, there is paradise even under a spruce tree".

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