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    Sale 7630

    Russian Works of Art

    24 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 2

    A glass vodka set


    Price Realised  


    A glass vodka set
    Russia, late 19th century
    Of bulbous form, comprising a decanter and seven glasses, the former with a detachable stopper painted with a stylized flower, each enamelled in blue, red and green with geometric borders and a Russian drinking adage, within gilt and white pellet borders, apparently unmarked
    Decanter 5½ in. (14 cm.) high
    The inscription on the decanter translates as:
    'The best is to drink water which has been transformed into vodka'.

    The translated adages on the glasses include:
    'Alcohol paints your heart and face red'
    'Drinking a lot will not bring you anything good'
    'For your health!'
    'You want or not- you need to drink with us!'
    'Not to drink means not to like your host!'
    'Let's drink another one!' (8)

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