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)
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
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.'
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
Four contemporary silversmiths — hailing from China, Belgium, Britain and Japan — who have harnessed ancient techniques to their own distinctive styles
From elegant nécessaires to exquisite compacts, 20th-century objects of vertu come in all shapes and sizes
The Belgian collector, antiques dealer and designer outlines what the art and objects in his library mean to him
The founder of the 1-54 art fair on giving African artists international visibility, growing up with an artist father, and building her own collection