A rare silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel kovsh modelled as a bird with its head forming the handle. The piece is elaborately enamelled with shaded polychrome feathers and foliage against a cream and dark green ground. The eyes are set with red hardstones en cabochon. The sides and tail are further set with green cabochon hardstones. The interior is gilded.
Russian Silver-Gilt & Cloisonné Enamel Kovsh20th Artel
reference number: RE_009
silver-gilt, enamel, hardstones
length: 24.5 cm
maker’s mark: 20th Artel
assay mark of Moscow, 1908-1917
silver standard: 84 zolotnik