A Russian gilded silver and shaded cloisonné enamel egg, Feodor Rückert, Moscow, undoubtedly circa 1899-1908. The upper half profusely ornamented with colorful birds, possibly Bee-Eaters or Kingfishers, shown with raised wings alighting on branches, set amongst colorful, stylized flowers, the upper half terminating in a field of filigree enamel centered with a flowerhead, the lower half similarly decorated with birds resting on scrolling, stylized tulips and foliage and with the end terminating in a flowerhead centered with blue. The interior gilded; marked on exterior of both halves with maker’s mark and effaced hallmark, the flange struck with Soviet export and silver quality control marks used before 1928. Gross weight: 76 grams. Height 2 3/8” (6 cm)
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