Sotheby’s Zurich, 22 November 1978, lot 52
Rostropovich – Vishnevskaya collection
Russian Art Exhibition, London, 1935, no 184
An important Russian Imperial presentation parcel-gilt silver kovsh of traditional shape with a raised prow and handle. The interior of the bowl repoussé with a circular reserve centring an Imperial double-headed eagle enclosing a portrait of Peter the Great, after the painting by Kneller; the exterior sides engraved with Old Russian dedication inscription dated 7 August 1709 ‘from Peter the Great to the Muscovite gentleman Simeon Simeonovitch Lugovsky following his successful trade mission to China’. The finial cast as a pine-cone.
For similar Imperial presentation kovshes, see Z. Bernyakovich, Russian Silver Wares of the XVIIth – Beginning of the XXth Century in the State Hermitage Collection, Leningrad, 1977.