EARLY 20thC SERGEI NEKRASSOFF ARTS & CRAFTS PEWTER TRAY

Born on February 10, 1895, into a Russian family of landed gentry who lived near St. Petersburg, Nekrassoff, after receiving a military education, served in World War I as a captain in the Czar's Imperial Guard. In 1917, during the Russian Revolution, he fled on foot to Germany w he worked in a coal mine for 18 months. He then went to Paris, w he found brief employment as a taxi driver and then worked for three years with a metalsmith who taught him to fashion basic everyday objects out of copper. Because he was a perfectionist, he eventually excelled in his work.

In Paris he met American doughboys who impressed him, and he decided to go to the United States. Unfortunately, he had no passport. He realized his dream, however, by first going to Buenos Aires, w he opened his first metal shop, which he operated from 1923 to 1925.

Passport in hand, Nekrassoff landed in Philadelphia in October 1925 but soon gravitated to the Russian community in New York City and opened a workshop on 14th Street in 1925. In 1932 he moved to Darien, CT and began producing fabulous Arts & Crafts hand crafted metalware. His work is collected world wide by museums and private collectors. This wonderful pewter tray measures 11" X 5 2/3". It features naturalistic full figured tulips, leaves and vines on either side. It's body is completely
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