Russian Silver-Gilt & Enamel Box

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reference number: RE_005

circa 1900

silver-gilt, enamel

diameter: 12.7 cm

maker’s mark: Imperial Warrant mark of P. Ovchinnikov

assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials I.L. of Ivan Lebedkin

assay mark of Moscow, 1899-1908

silver standard: 84 zolotnik


Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, Riverfront Arts Center, Wilmington, Delaware, 9 Sept 2000 – 18 Feb 2001, no. 67


G. von Habsburg, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, London, 2000, no. 67, p. 73, illustrated in colour


The cover of the box is decorated in plique-à-jour enamel with three nymphs with upraised arms centring on a butterfly and surrounded by flowers and ribbons on stippled ground, the sides are ornamented with stylized flowers divided by turquoise entrelac bands in cloisonné enamel.


Ovchinnikov – alongside with Fabergé, one of the most important silver- and goldsmith of the nineteenth-century Russia. In 1881 the firm was awarded the title of the supplier of the Imperial Russian court. Its production was also highly praised by many other European royal courts: Ovchinnikov was the official purveyor to King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy and King Christian IX of Denmark.

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