ANTIQUE 19thC RARE RUSSIAN OVCHINNIKOV SOLID SILVER & ENAMEL TEA CADDY c1883

ANTIQUE 19thC RARE RUSSIAN OVCHINNIKOV SOLID SILVER & ENAMEL TEA CADDY c1883

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REFERENCE NUMBER: A3147

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DESCRIPTION

Antique 19th Century exceptionally rare Imperial Russian Solid Silver-gilt and cloisonne' enamel tea caddy and cover, richly gilt and beautifully enamelled with multicolored scrolling foliage, flowers and geometric pan-Slavic motifs on stippled ground, supported on four claw and ball feet, the cover is surmounted by an enamelled finial.

Each part is Hallmarked Russian silver (88 for 916 standard, a particularly high silver purity for Russian silver), Moscow, Assayer's mark in Cyrillic dated 1883, Maker's mark in Cyrillic for Pavel Ovchinnikov with the Imperial Warrant. Ovchinnikov is considered one of the best Russian silversmiths operating in the 19th Century, purveyor to Tsar Alexander III, King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, King Christian IX of Denmark and others (for more information please follow this link). The base is also scratched with the serial number.

CONDITION

In Great Condition - no damage, just general wear.

SIZE

Height: 16cm

Width: 8.6cm

Weight: 400g