Russian Silver Model of Cannon

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reference number: FB_028

circa 1900


length: 25.5 cm

maker’s mark: Fabergé

workmaster’s mark: Cyrillic initials I.R. of Julius Rappoport

assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials Ya.L. of Yakov Lyapunov

assay mark of St.Petersburg, 1899-1908

silver standard: 84 zolotnik


Fabergé, Rome, Museo Del Corso, 30 Oct 2003 – 18 Jan 2004

Fabergé: From St Petersburg to Sandringham, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 14 October 2017  – 11 February 2018


G. von Habsburg, Fabergé, Rome, 2003, p. 64

I. Collins, Fabergé: From St Petersburg to Sandringham, p. 122


A miniature silver model of a First World War field cannon with a spring-loaded barrel and a loading breach action. Several meticulously fashioned toys of this nature were made for the Tsarevich Alexei. For a Volga steamer presented to the Tsarevich in 1913 see Ch. Forbes, R. Tromeur-Brenner, Faberge. The Forbes Collection, New York, 1999, pp. 250-1


Julius Alexandrovitch Rappoport (1864-1916) – Russian silversmith of Jewish origin, one of the most famous Fabergé’s workmasters. Julius Rappoport opened his first own workshop in St.Petersburg in 1883 but then moved to Moscow to join Fabergé firm. His maker’s mark was IP and in Russian Cyrillic (ИР). Between 1886 and 1908, Rappoport was one four “workmasters”, main leaders of Fabergé workshops. He was Fabergé’s most important supplier of large silver objects. He is best known for his naturalistic animal figures, but he also executed special commissions for the Russian Imperial Family, the Imperial Cabinet and noble families.

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