London, South Kensington
30 November 2007
AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY RUSSIAN SILVER-GILT & CLOISONNE ENAMEL PAN-SLAVIC CIGARETTE CASE,
MARK OF VASILIY BOYZOV, "88" STANDARD, 1908/17,
The cover and base all-over enamelled, the cover with winged mythical creature in white & apple green on a powder blue ground simulating a cloud-filled sky, with Pan-Slavic borders of triangular, lozenge, bead, stylised oak leaf & semi-circular motifs in orange, white, apple green & dark purple on an outer band of olive green, enhanced with coiled gilt cloissons, red, mauve & emerald green beads, the reverse similarly coloured but centred by a navette panel with black border enhanced with white bars, around a 6-pointed star with orange honeycomb effect in each corner of the star, 4 3/8 in. long (11.2 cm.).
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