Russian Silver-Gilt and Enamel Pill-Box

Maria Semyonova
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reference number: RE_021

1908 – 1917

silver-gilt, enamel

length: 7.5 cm

maker’s mark: Cyrillic initials M.S. for Maria Semyonova

English import marks

silver standard: 91 zolotnik

A silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel hinged rectangular pill-box with a silver-gilt thumbpiece and rounded corners. The lid and the sides are decorated with a shaded varicoloured stylised foliate design on stippled ground. The lid with a white beaded border, further stamped with 91 – Russian silver standard and G&H and English import marks.


Maria Semyonova (active 1896-1917) – an important Russian silversmith and enameller. A daughter of a well-known silversmith Vasili Semyonov, Maria took over the family business after his death. Under her supervision, the firm became famous for its high-quality enamels in the Neo-Russian style. 

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