All Categories Login Register View Cart Search Terms How to Order Sell To Us About Us Join Our Mailing List

https://collectrussia.com/DISPITEMWINDOW.HTM?item=31874
Item# 31874   $1,100.00  Add to cart   Show All Images   Download PDF
Standing Statue of Sergei Kirov in Cast Iron, by KhLM Factory, Moscow, circa 1960s-70s.

This massive sculpture weighs nearly 28 lb and measures slightly over 22" tall (55 cm), 10" wide in its widest section; the plinth is approx. 6.5" square. The iconic Bolshevik leader is shown in a fairly uncommon pose, with an overcoat slung around his arm (its end is touching the ground and thus providing an additional point of support) and hand clutching the belt. He is peering intently into distance, apparently in search of the worker's paradise.

The back edge of the plinth has raised logo of the KhLM factory in Moscow and Soviet retail price of 32 rubles (a very significant

This massive sculpture weighs nearly 28 lb and measures slightly over 22" tall (55 cm), 10" wide in its widest section; the plinth is approx. 6.5" square. The iconic Bolshevik leader is shown in a fairly uncommon pose, with an overcoat slung around his arm (its end is touching the ground and thus providing an additional point of support) and hand clutching the belt. He is peering intently into distance, apparently in search of the worker's paradise.

The back edge of the plinth has raised logo of the KhLM factory in Moscow and Soviet retail price of 32 rubles (a very significant amount at the time when the average worker's monthly salary was well under 100 rubles). There is also impressed name of the sculptor who created the original model for the monument, G. E. Arapov.

The top of the plinth is inscribed "To the Team [i.e. Faculty and Staff] of the GSPTU [vocational technical school] #7 from the Team of the GSPTU #2. 27 April 1977". The presentation inscription is interesting: although it was fairly common in the Soviet times to give smaller size patriotic sculptures as a gift to VIPs or distinguished workers, it's unusual to see a huge sculpture awarded by one organization to another. The Kirov statue presented to a school may signify that the school had been recently given an honorific title in his honor or perhaps had some special connection with Kirov in distant past.

This sculpture is a large scale model of the large monument erected in the city of Kaluga near Moscow (naturally, on the Kirov Street). Unlike the demolished or crumbling Soviet era memorials in most other former Soviet republics, in cities of Russian Federation statues of Lenin, Kirov and other communist leaders are still ubiquitous and largely intact. The Kirov monument in Kaluga in particular currently serves as a meeting place for communists, communist youth league and other die-hards (see a recently published Internet photo below). Given the proven history of Kirov's assassination on Stalin's orders and the mass repressions that followed, it is amazing to see that the irony somehow escapes the modern day fans of the old Soviet regime demonstrating near his monument.

The statue is in excellent condition. The charcoal finish is extremely well preserved having only light spots that add character, no significant scuffs or scratches. This amazing piece can be a unique focus point for the advanced Soviet collection.

This statue is shown and rated R1 (very rare) in the catalog Cast Iron Art, 1920 - 2009 by Aleksandr Zak, C 2009, Ekaterinburg /pp. 152, 153/.
$1,100.00  Add to cart