No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
Presumably part of the Imperial silver confiscated after the 1917 Revolution and sold in the 1920s and 1930s
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's Geneva, 12-14 November 1985, lot 464
With S. J. Phillips, London, November 1993 (part)
THE OAKWOOD COLLECTION
Baron A. de Foelkersam, Inventaire de l'Argenterie Conservée dans Les Garde-Meubles des Palais Impériaux, St. Petersburg, 1907, vol. 2 p. 419 as 'a gilded teapot, numbered 63, with St. Petersburg Assay mark for 1785, 72 zolotniks.'