2 June 2014
A PARCEL-GILT SILVER AND NIELLO SERVING SPOON
MOSCOW, LATE 17TH CENTURY
The ovoid bowl finely engraved with an escutcheon-shaped reserve surmounted with stylised feathers on scrolling foliate nielloed ground, floral border, the spiral twist stem with nielloed banded, the interior of the stem vacant, the interior of the bowl gilt, apparently unmarked
7 in. (17.7 cm.) long
2.89 oz. (89.9 gr.) gross
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, Geneva, 12 November 1980, lot 345.
Acquired at the above sale by the father of the present owner.
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For a collection of related seventeenth century silver and niello spoons, see exhibition catalogue, J. Kugel, Treasures of the Czars: Russia and Europe from Peter the Great to Nicholas I, Paris, 1998, nos. 25-34.
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