Russian oak armchair in Vasili Petrovich Shutov manner, carved with ornamentic & inscription, center back with balalaika, axe armrests, seat with mittens, back & front legs in one piece as Russian harness, "duga". Late 19th century. Vasilij Petrovitj Shutov (1826-1887) lived in St. Petersburg from 1834, when he was apprenticed at A. P. Mikhajlov. Later, he was employed at V. I. Isakov's cabinetmaker's workshop. In 1854 he was granted the title of free artisan with his own workshop.