10 June 2008
THE OAKWOOD COLLECTION
A RUSSIAN SILVER-GILT TEAPOT
ST. PETERSBURG, 1785, APPARENTLY NO MAKER'S MARK, WITH ASSAY MASTERS MARK OF NIKIFOR MOSHCHALKIN
Pear-shaped and on spreading foot with fluted spout and an ebonised handle, the flat hinged cover with a scroll thumbpiece, engraved with the Russian Imperial arms, marked underneath, further pricked underneath and on cover bezel with a scratchweight and stamped with an inventory number '63'
6¼ in. (15.8 cm.) high
gross weight 27 oz. (850 gr.)
Presumably part of the Imperial silver confiscated after the 1917 Revolution and sold in the 1920s and 1930s
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's Geneva, 12-14 November 1985, lot 464
With S. J. Phillips, London, November 1993 (part)
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Baron A. de Foelkersam, Inventaire de l'Argenterie Conservée dans Les Garde-Meubles des Palais Impériaux, St. Petersburg, 1907, vol. 2 p. 419 as 'a gilded teapot, numbered 63, with St. Petersburg Assay mark for 1785, 72 zolotniks.'
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