Russian Silver-Gilt and Enamel Bowl

Maria Semyonova
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reference number: RE_003


silver-gilt, enamel

diameter: 16 cm

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

assay mark of Moscow

silver standard: 88 zolotnik

Lobed silver-gilt and shaded cloisonné enamel bowl with three ball feet and swing handle, decorated with large sprays of stylized flowers mainly in pink, blue and green colours on a pale yellow ground, the exterior with similar flowers on a stippled gilt ground, the cavetto with a stylized double-headed eagle on a turquoise ground. A bowl of similar design is in the collection the Hillwood Museum in Washington, DC.


Maria Semyonova (active 1896-1917) – important Russian silversmith and enameller. 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 enamel in Neo-Russian style.

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