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    Sale 5265

    Selected Silver & Russian Works of Art

    30 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 288

    NAVAL INTEREST:- A 19TH CENTURY RUSSIAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER & CHAMPLEVE ENAMEL PRESENTATION CIGARETTE CASE,

    MARK OF PAVEL OVCHINNIKOV, "91" STANDARD, MOSCOW, 1876,

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    NAVAL INTEREST:- A 19TH CENTURY RUSSIAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER & CHAMPLEVE ENAMEL PRESENTATION CIGARETTE CASE,
    MARK OF PAVEL OVCHINNIKOV, "91" STANDARD, MOSCOW, 1876,
    The cover applied with two fouled anchors linked by rope to a buoy, flanking a central cartouche enamelled in blue & red with Cyrillic name of recipient, "S.M.Kumani", within a green-enamelled laurel wreath & surmounted by a coronet, two Imperial Russian Naval ensigns above & in each corner applied discs with dates "1871" & "1876" & Cyrillic inscriptions in blue enamel bordered in red, the sides with lozenge motifs in red, dark blue, pale blue & green, the reverse plain, deep gilt interior, 4¼ in. long (11 cm.).


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    Post Lot Text

    The Kumani family clearly had links to the Imperial Russian Navy.
    A Nikolai Michailovitch Kumani (1793-1869) was a General & hydrographer in the Russian fleet & a Sofya Nikolayevna Kumani (1830-1889), daughter of an admiral, was married to Admiral Andrei Ivanovitch Nikonov. The name Kumani is actually principally Bulgarian & derives from the Cuman people, a nomadic Turkic tribe who came from north of the Black Sea along the Volga River & entered the lands of present-day southern Ukraine & Romania in the 11th century.