Russian Silver-Gilt and Enamel Pill-Box

Maria Semyonova
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reference number: RE_078

1896 – 1908

silver-gilt, enamel

length: 5.7 cm

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

silver standard: 84 zolotnik

A silver-gilt and enamel pill-box of square shape with rounded corners, covered with a hinged lid with a twisted ropework border. The lid and sides are decorated with panels of floral design on alternating stippled gold and deep purple ground. Inside the lid is inscribed in English: Mrs.W.L. Sims, from T.E.H.

 

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 the Neo-Russian style. 

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