3 June 2019
A SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL CASKET
MARK OF FEODOR RÜCKERT, MOSCOW, 1908-1917
Rectangular on four bracket feet, with swing handles and hinged clasp at front, the hinged cover centring an en plein enamel plaque depicting a detail from A Boyar Wedding Feast after Konstantin Makovsky, within a border of stylised geometric motifs, the sides cloisonné enamelled with stylised floral and geometric motifs, marked under base and inside cover
4 ¾ in. (12.2 cm.) wide
Acquired by the great-grandparents of the present owner in St Petersburg circa 1911.
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Feodor Rückert often drew on Konstantin Makovsky's historical paintings for decorating his en plein panels. The painter's works evoked the romance of medieval Russia. They were a perfect match for Rückert's enamelled objects in Pan-Russian style which was favoured by wealthy merchants of Moscow. On this box Feodor Rückert used a fragment from Konstantin Makovsky's A Boyar Wedding Feast, painted in 1883 (Hillwood Museum & Gardens, Washington D.C.).
Please note that the dimensions are 4 ¾ in (12.2 cm.) wide, and not as stated in the catalogue.
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, MEXICO