Foundry Worker and Blacksmith sculpture restored at Yakimanka District estate

December 14, 2020

Experts have restored the Foundry Worker and Blacksmith sculpture that decorated gate pylons of the Kotov Merchants’ Estate in Moscow.

“Restorers have completed work to preserve the Foundry Worker and Blacksmith sculptural composition. They have removed surface dirt and multiple layers of varnish and paint, as well as cleaned and patched up cracks and burst seams. The experts have completely replaced all lost elements. An ingot mould and a ladle were made for the Foundry Worker figure using the sculptor’s models. They also replaced the missing details, including arms, leg sections and clothing elements. The Blacksmith’s hammer was recreated using vintage photos, and the anvil was rebuilt using its surviving components,” said Alexei Yemelyanov, Head of the Department of Cultural Heritage.

Press service of Moscow’s Department of Cultural Heritage

The department’s specialists oversaw the multi-stage restoration project.

The Korov Merchants’ Estate, a newly identified cultural heritage site, has had many owners during its existence. In the 18th century, it belonged to collegium assessor Rakhmanov and was later acquired by Navy Captain Bukhvostov. A man named Sulima later took over and merged the separate land plots.

Throughout most of the 19th century, the entire estate belonged to the Kotovs, an old merchant family.

In 1872, famous German Russian industrialist Gustav List purchased the estate and opened the Sofiisky Mechanical Plant here in 1874.


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