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A SILVER-GILT TEA SERVICE
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A SILVER-GILT TEA SERVICE

BY FRIEDRICH KOLB, ST PETERSBURG, LATE 18TH CENTURY, 1784, 1788

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A SILVER-GILT TEA SERVICE
BY FRIEDRICH KOLB, ST PETERSBURG, LATE 18TH CENTURY, 1784, 1788
Comprising a tray, tea-pot, covered sugar-bowl, bowl and cream-jug; all slightly bulbous, each engraved with the Imperial double-headed eagle below the Imperial crown, the rectangular tray on four later scroll feet and engraved with the monogram ‘RM’ below the Imperial crown; the tea-pot and cream-jug with ebonised scroll handles, the service marked under bases; the tray unmarked; some with import marks; also with stamped and engraved numerals, some with scratch weights
The coffee-pot: 6¼ in. (16 cm.) high; the tray: 16½ in. (42 cm.) wide
115.57 oz. (3593.6 gr.) gross
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Lot Essay

The recipient of numerous orders from the Court Office, Friedrich Joseph Kolb worked in St Petersburg at the turn of the nineteenth century. A similar teapot with reeded spout and engraved with the Imperial double-headed eagle below the Imperial Crown, by Johan Henrik Blohm, 1796 is held in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, RES.63.73a-b. (A. Odom, Russian Silver in America: Surviving the Melting Pot, London, 2011, pp. 27 and 93). A related tea-pot was sold Christie’s, London, 10 June 2008, lot 86.

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