A Russian gilded silver, shaded, cloisonné, and en plein (pictorial) enamel casket, 11th Artel, Moscow, 1908-1917. The body of the flared rectangular box decorated with multi-color scrolling floral, foliate and geometric patterns, the hasp and swing handles similarly decorated. The hinged cover with an en plein plaque depicting a scene inspired by the historicist paintings of Konstantin Makovsky and Sergei Solomko within a border of green vines and flowerheads, flanked on either side by stylized panels of scrolling flower and foliate motifs, the interior of the lid with translucent teal enamel over a wavy guilloché engine-turned ground. The mark partially cancelled in the manner of goods intended for export. Dimensions: 2 5/8 in. H x 6 in. W x 4 in. (6.8 x 15.2 x 10.1 cm).
Provenance: Christie’s New York, 10/20/98, The Greenfield Collection of Russian Enamels, lot 176.
Literature: Gerard Hill, Fabergé and the Russian Master Goldsmiths, no. 111.
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