Russian Carved Kovsh Ladle. A striking wood carved scoop or ladle made in the traditional kovsh form. Beautiful patterned wood with superb carved ornamentation. Hand made filigree ornamentation applied to the handle. Turquoise glass bead finial. Maker's mark on the back. High gloss lacquer. This carved art ware is the work of a highly skilled master. Circa 1990 or earlier. Length 10", bowl 5" x 5½". Excellent condition.
Ancient folk crafts are still relevant today. Accessories for use in the kitchen or the bath (баня) have long been made of wood. Even after the appearance of metal utensils, Russians preferred hand made and carved utensils. Most of the time, these items were made in private enterprises, such as a cooperage (бондарня) workshop, especially in Moscow, Tver, Yaroslavl-Kostroma, Vologda, and other regions. A bounty of wooden utensils of various shapes, sizes and purposes were made in Russia: kovshi, ladles, skopkars, yendovi, and others. Today, with so much machine-made metal and plastic in use, wood has not lost its appeal.
Abramtsevo-Kudrino woodcarving originated with the artists of the Abramtsevo circle (Abramtsevo Estate of Savva Mamontov) situated near Moscow. In 1890, V.P. Vornoskov, founded his own workshop in his native village of Kudrino. In the years following, carving arts and crafts works were developed by talented craftsmen and artists of different generations. Presently the center of Abramtsevo-Kudrino Wood Carving is located in Khotkovo in the Sergiev-Posad Region. Specialists of Abramtsevo-Kudrino Wood Carving are trained at V.M. Vasnetsov Arts and Crafts College in Abramtsevo.