Sale: Sotheby’s London, 10 June 2009, lot 515
A Russian Revival silver-gilt cloisonné enamel tazza of circular shape with a shaped rim, two scrolling openwork handles, resting on a spreading foot, elaborately enamelled with varicoloured shaded scrolling foliate motifs and exotic birds on a cream and blue ground, within twisted ropework borders, engraved underneath the body with signatures, marked on the rim, foot and under body. For similar pieces, see A. von Solodkoff, Russian Gold and Silver, London, 1981.
Orest Fyodorovich Kurlyukov (1845-1916) was a Russian silversmith active between 1884 and 1916; in 1895 Kurlyukov won a Medal of Honour awarded by the Ministry of Finance. Like Nemirov-Kolodkin and others, Kurlyukov’s firm produced objects for export to be retailed by Tiffany’s in New York. Examples of his oeuvre are in the State Historical Museum in Moscow.