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. for Julius Rappoport

assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials Ya.L. for 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, Fabergé. The Forbes Collection, New York, 1999, pp. 250-1.


Julius Alexandrovitch Rappoport (1851-1917), originally Isak Abramovich, was one of Fabergé’s rare craftsmen of Jewish origin. Apprenticed in Berlin, he opened his first workshop in St. Petersburg in 1883 but then moved to Moscow to work for the Fabergé firm. While best known for his naturalistic animal figures, Rappoport also executed special commissions for the Imperial family and the Imperial Cabinet. His workshop was taken over by the First Silver Artel around 1909.

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