Russian Silver Candlestick

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reference number: RS_021

circa 1895


height: 18 cm; weight: 1798 gr

maker’s mark: Latin BOLIN in full and stamped W.A.BOLIN, MOSCOU

silver standard: 88 zolotnik

signed Joseph Chéret

Modelled as two naked young girls staring ahead in awe, on an openwork leafy base, the candle-holder at front formed as a rock. The model was created by the French art nouveau sculptor Gustave-Joseph Chéret (1838-1894).


Bolin is the oldest family of jewellers still in business today. Founded by the Swedish entrepreneur, Carl Edvard Bolin in St.Petersburg who became Court Jeweller to the Tsar of Russia in the 1830’s. The firm had premises in Moscow, specialising in silver, and in St.Petersburg, where jewellery was produced. After the death of Carl Edvard in 1864 and of Henrik Conrad in 1888, their sons Gustav, Edward and Wilhelm continued the business. Bolin was one of the leading jewellers in St.Petersburg in the mid-19th century and major competitors of Fabergé.

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