Still life with Samovar

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I have a passion for paintings with plenty of details. Still life is a definite favourite. This one depicts a typical table setting for tea drinking (not a breakfast or dessert!). In Russian culture tea drinking can happen any time of the day and is a bite more substantial than a typical English tea. Note the teapot on top of the samovar. Russian method of brewing tea calls for preparation of a strong concentrate of tea leaf infusion on a small porcelain pot that is then diluted by boiling water to taste of each drinker in each cup.

Also note the tall glass in silver holder with a slice of lemon. This type of serving is typical for late 19th century. Later on in mid-20th century glasses like that were used in railway service, as tea was always served to passengers.

 

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