A Russian silver figural inkwell, Antip Kuzmichev for Tiffany & Co., Moscow, 1896. Formed as the Tsar Bell (Tsarsky Kolokol) in the Moscow Kremlin as it appeared when it was raised on a stone plinth in 1836, the bell meticulously cast and chased in imitation of the original with images of Empress Anna Ioannovna and Tsar Alexey, the hinged lid opening to reveal the receptacle for the ink pot, the base fitted with two sliding drawers for stamps and pen nibs or pins. Dimensions: 6 3/8″ x 4 1/2″ (16.1 x 11.4 cm).
Sotheby’s New York, December 11, 1990, lot 110A.
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