A drawing dated 1826, by the St.Petersburg architect designer I.I. Galberg for a closely related vase with Bacchic mask loop handles, is illustrated in V.B. Semyonov, Malachite, Sverdlovsk, 1987, vol I, p.138, fig.22. Another vase of very similar form but veneered in malachite was sold at Christies New York, 26th October, 1994, lot 45 ($28,000), while other related vases of more imposing size in the Gallery of Ancient Painting in the Hermitage, are illustrated in Semyonov op.cit., p.214, fig.101.
Nephrite, a green, yellow or white calcium magnesium silicate form of jade, was only rarely incorporated in Russian ormolu-mounted objects of the early 19th Century. Its transluscent character was clearly greatly admired by the Russian Imperial family towards the end of that Century, who commissioned Carl Fabergé to execute carved animals and bejewelled snuff-boxes in this precious stone.