9 June 2009
A niello parcel-gilt cartographic snuff-box
Cyrillic mark of Feodor Bushkovskii, Velikii Ustiug, 1822
Rectangular with cut corners, the cover with a niello panoramic view of Velikii Ustiug seen from the left bank of the river Sukhona, with a Russian descriptive banner above, the reverse with a map of Vologda and the neighbouring provinces, with keys, scale and distance chart, the sides with coat of arms of Vologda oblast, the base and sides with stippled ground, bright-cut rims to the cover and sides, gilt interior, fully marked
3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) long
For a similar snuff-box see Christie's New York, 14 April, 2005, lot 48.
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For comparable silver-gilt and niello cartographic cases see:
A. von Solodkov, Russian Gold and Silver, Fribourg, 1981, pp. 106-107, no. 116-120, illustrated.
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