Russian Silver-Gilt & Enamel Tea Set

Ivan Saltykov
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reference number: RE_066

circa 1900

silver-gilt, enamel, mother-of-pearl

height of teapot: 14 cm

maker’s mark: Cyrillic initials I.S. of Ivan Saltykov

assay mark of Moscow, 1899-1908

silver standard: 84 zolotnik

Fabergé inventory number 11367

contained in original fitted case

Provenance

Sale: Sotheby’s New York, 5 December 1997, Sale 7067, lot 505

 

The set comprises seven pieces: teapot, covered sugar bowl, cream jug, sugar sifter spoon, lemon fork, caddy spoon, and sugar tongs. All are contained in an original wooden box, the cover is lined with oyster silk printed with retailer’s details, ‘K. FABERGE, MOSCOW, S.PETERSBURG’ in Cyrillic letters with Imperial Warrant above, the body of the box lined with dark red velvet with matching silk in the recesses.

 

The pieces are of squat ovoid form with shaded polychrome cloisonné enamel eagles amidst profuse foliage and flowers in pink, green, yellow, foiled red, and shades of blue on a cream ground, edged with turquoise enamel bead borders, mother-of-pearl insulators, and finials, richly gilt interiors.

 

Ivan Saltykov – owner of a factory from 1884, maker of high-quality enamel wares.

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