Russian Silver and Enamel Cutlery

Maria Semyonova
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reference number: RЕ_022

circa 1900

silver-gilt, enamel

length of knife: 25 cm

maker’s mark: Cyrillic initials M.S. initials of Maria Semenova

assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials Ya.L. of Yakov Lyapunov

assay mark of Moscow, 1899-1908


Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, Riverfront Arts Center, Wilmington, Delaware, 2000-2001, no. 80, illustrated in colour p. 78


G. von Habsburg, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, London, 2000, no. 80, p. 78, illustrated in colour


A silver-gilt and shaded cloisonné enamel set of cutlery comprising knife, fork and spoon, each decorated with a stylised double-headed eagle in pink and white hues on lime green grounds with turquoise pellet borders.


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 Neo-Russian style.

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