Peter I. The acceptance of the title of emperor.

Materials: lazurite, cacholong, different types of jasper, sandstone, gold, gilding, silver, enamel.

Height: 300 mm.

A major moment in Russian history was reflected in the workshop’s new stonecutting work. After the end of the Great Northern War and the conclusion of the Nistadt Peace Treaty, the Senate and the Synod decided to present Peter with the title of Emperor of All Russia. And on November 2, 1721 Tsar Peter I adopted the title of Peter the Great, father of the Fatherland, All-Russian Emperor. Henceforth Russia became an empire, which was evidence of its new role in international affairs.

The significance and solemnity of the moment are reflected in the strong and purposeful gaze of the emperor, in the confident pose and the slight touch of the scepter: the new ruler will be a tireless reformer who will lead his state to an entirely new path of development.

In the stone-carved sculpture all the details are executed with the finest elaboration and historical accuracy: from Peter’s portrait likeness to the drawing of the 18th century parquet under the feet of the emperor and jewelry accuracy in depicting the attributes of power. Several methods of stone processing were used to convey the peculiarities of different materials, such as the shiny leather of the boots or the matt surface of the caftan.