A LARGE AND FINE SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL WEDDING KOVSH
A LARGE AND FINE SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL WEDDING KOVSH
A LARGE AND FINE SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL WEDDING KOVSH
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A LARGE AND FINE SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL WEDDING KOVSH

MARKED P. OVCHINNIKOV WITH THE IMPERIAL WARRANT, WITH THE MAKER'S MARK OF FEODOR RÜCKERT, MOSCOW, 1899-1908, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 515

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A LARGE AND FINE SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL WEDDING KOVSH
MARKED P. OVCHINNIKOV WITH THE IMPERIAL WARRANT, WITH THE MAKER'S MARK OF FEODOR RÜCKERT, MOSCOW, 1899-1908, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 515
Of traditional form, the body finely enamelled with shaded cloisonné flowerheads and scrolling foliage on a green ground, the front enamelled with an Imperial double-headed eagle, the sides cloisonné and en plein enamelled with two men in boyar costume on winged horses, also with large figurative panels, one depicting the wedding feast, inscribed in Russian ‘Honourable Feast’, the other depicting introduction of a groom, inscribed in Russian ‘Honourable Wedding’, both against a sky blue ground, with corded rim, with similarly enamelled raised prow and stylised scrolled handle, applied with floral knops, on a spreading foot, marked under base, on foot and handle
13 3/8 in. (34 cm.) wide
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 12 April 1988, lot 174.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
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Lot Essay

This magnificent kovsh is a wonderful example of Feodor Rückert's production for Pavel Ovchinnikov's firm, one of the biggest suppliers to the Imperial Court. From the end of the 1890s to the beginning of the 1900s, Ovchinnikov was the main client of Feodor Rückert (T. Muntian, Feodor Rückert & Carl Fabergé, Moscow, 2016, p. 53).

Ovchinnikov’s firm was at the forefront of the revival of exquisitely enamelled works in the old Russian style. Such items included kovshes, charkas, and bratinas, which were often presented as souvenirs to diplomats and foreign guests. Decorated with enamels in various techniques and of high complexity, these items were usually commissioned to Feodor Rückert, the best enameller of the time. The combination of cloisonné and en plein enamel, as well as matt colours with glossy enamels, which can be observed on the present kovsh, is synonymous with Rückert’s style of the late 19th/early 20th century.

Whilst working on items drawn from the medieval objects, Feodor Rückert also liked to add native Russian folklore elements, such as images of wedding celebrations, feasts, and peasants in traditional costume. The present kovsh represents wedding scenes, which can be referenced to popular paintings by Konstantin Makovsky (1839-1915), in particular A Boyar Wedding Feast of the 17th Century (Hillwood Museum & Gardens, Washington D.C.), often reproduced by Rückert.

An almost identical kovsh by Feodor Rückert, retailed by Ovchinnikov, was sold Sotheby's, New York, 4 November 2010, lot 17. For another comparable kovsh, see T. Muntian, Feodor Rückert & Carl Fabergé, Moscow, 2016, pp. 128-129.

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