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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Imperial Russian art displayed at Dorich House Museum

21st February 2012

A selection of sumptuous art works from Imperial Russia is set to go on show in London later this week.

The collection will be on show at Dorich House Museum from Friday February 24th to July 27th, giving art lovers a privileged glimpse into the artistic heritage of Russia's imperial age.

The exhibition may be of particular interest to art connoisseurs staying in luxury hotels in London over the next few months.

Exhibition goers will have the chance to view a wide range of artefacts including paintings, icons, ceramics, glassware, metalwork, folk art and furniture dating from the early 18th century to the early 20th century.

The exquisite taste and artistic scholarship of art collector Richard Hare is reflected in the rarer items on show in the exhibition. Mr Hare acquired the pieces from private collectors and auctions during his visits to Russia.

Born in 1907, Mr Hare was the second son of the fourth Earl of Listowel. After his education at Oxford University, the Sorbonne in Paris and Berlin University, he developed a lifelong interest in the study and collection of Russian art and culture.

Mr Hare worked for the Anglo-Soviet Relations Division of the Ministry of Information after a brief spell in the Foreign Office and became a professor of Russian literature at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. He died in 1966.

The Dorich House Museum is the former home of Mr Hare's wife, the acclaimed Estonian sculptor Dora Gordine, who died in 1991.

The museum holds a vast collection of her drawings, paintings and bronzes. The two studios, gallery and the top floor apartment were all designed by Gordine herself between 1935 and 1936 and have been featured in a number of TV programmes, films and videos. The house became a museum in 2004.


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