27 November 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price Realised GBP 3,750
A RUSSIAN SILVER-GILT AND CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL CIGARETTE CASE
MARK OF IVAN KHLEBNIKOV, 1908/17
The cover depicting the merchant grasping the talons of Finist the Falcon in a forest setting, on a blue ground with narrow orange border, decorated with polychrome shaded enamel flowers and edged with further shaded flowers on a light green border, the reverse similarly decorated, but the folkloric panel replaced by a roundel with stylised floral motifs, cabochon-set thumbpiece
4 5/8 in. (11.3 cm.) long
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The scene depicted is from a Russian fairy tale collected by Alexander Afanasyev, "The Feather of Finist the Falcon" (Finist Jasny Sokol) in his Narodnye Russkie Skazki.
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