Russian Silver and Glass Wine Decanters

Carl Johann Tegelsten
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reference number: RS_018


silver, glass

height: 29.3 cm

marks: maker’s mark: Latin C.T. for Carl Tegelsten

assay master’s mark: Cyrillic D.T. for Dmitry Tverskoy

assay mark of St. Petersburg, 1849

silver standard: 84 zolotnik

A pair of silver-mounted frosted glass wine decanters of compressed spherical shape with elongated necks and hinged domed covers, mounted in silver and chased with trailing vines, with similarly decorated handles. These decanters are very much in the English style and recall examples by Reily & Storer of London.


Carl Johann Tegelsten (1798-1852) – a Russian silversmith and bronze-worker of Finnish descent. Qualified as a master craftsman in St. Petersburg in 1825. Since the 1830s much of his work was retailed by the fashionable English Store, owned by Konstantin Nicholls and Wilhelm Plincke. A leading court silver and goldsmith, Tegelsten became famous for producing services and tablewares in the Neo-Rococo taste in preparation for the marriages of many members of the Romanov family.

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