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A SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL THREE-HANDLED CUP ('KRIUSHONNITSA')
A SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL THREE-HANDLED CUP ('KRIUSHONNITSA')

MARKED P. OVCHINNIKOV WITH IMPERIAL WARRANT, MOSCOW, 1896-1908

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A SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL THREE-HANDLED CUP ('KRIUSHONNITSA') marked P. Ovchinnikov with Imperial warrant, Moscow, 1896-1908 Of baluster shape, on three stylized feet, overall enamelled with stylized varicolor floral and foliate scrolls set with colored cabochon stones on pale blue and dark blue ground, with cartouches holding the mythological bird Sirin on green ground, within red foliate borders on gilt ground the spreading rim with band of green and red foliage on cream ground within borders of geometric motifs, the three scroll handles with knop thumbpieces partially decorated with stylized floral and foliate scrolls on cream and pale blue ground, marked under base 9½in. (24.2cm.) high
Provenance
Christie's New York, The Greenfield Collection of Russian Enamels, 20 October 1998, lot 181

Lot Essay

The mythical bird Sirin appears in old Russian legends and epics depicted with a woman's head and breast, and is based on the Sirens of ancient Greek mythology.

For a similar cup see von Solodkoff, A. Orfèvrerie Russe, Fribourg, 1981, pl. 66 and N.V. Kaliazana et al., Russian Enamel of XII to Early XX Century for the State Hermitage Collection, Leningrad, 1987, pl. 131

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