Russian Silver-Gilt and Enamel Pill-Box

Maria Semyonova
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reference number: RE_001


silver, enamel

diameter: 6.7 cm

master’s mark: signed with Cyrillic initials M.S. for Maria Semyonova

assay mark of Moscow, 1908-1917

silver standard: 84 zolotnik


Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, Riverfront Arts Center, Wilmington, Delaware, 9 Sept 2000 – 18 Feb 2001, no. 81


G. von Habsburg, A. von Solodkoff, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, London, 2000, p. 78


An oval enamelled silver-gilt pill-box with a hinged cover set with a panel of vibrant green guilloché enamel, the sides with pink and blue reserves painted with shaded cloisonné enamel foliage.


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 objects.

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