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    Sale 7598

    Russian Art

    11 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 416

    A silver-gilt, niello and champlevé enamel tankard

    CYRILLIC MARK OF PAVEL OVCHINNIKOV, WITH THE IMPERIAL WARRANT, MOSCOW, 1876

    Price Realised  

    A silver-gilt, niello and champlevé enamel tankard
    Cyrillic mark of Pavel Ovchinnikov, with the Imperial Warrant, Moscow, 1876
    The tapered body on four bracket feet decorated with bands of stylized flowers, birds and geometric designs, the lower border with enamelled band with a Russian proverb, the front with a niello view of the Kremlin, the shallow conical cover with raised pierced border and circular beaded enamel flower-head, the hinge formed as a stylized bird resting on the shaped baluster handle, marked on the cover and base
    9 in. (22.8 cm.) high
    The Russian inscription reads: Pri pive pri brazhke vse druzhki pri gore kruchine vse ushli which translates as 'In feasting and drinking we are all your friends, in sorrow we will all be gone'.


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