An impressive silver shaded and pictorial cloisonné enamel charka, Moscow, circa 1895, apparently unmarked though undoubtedly from the workshop of Feodor Rückert. The interior of the bowl with sirins in shaded and en plein enamels, each figure with wings of white and magenta terminating in peacock’s eyes and with magenta blossom crows, both against a buff ground and encircled by scrolling and floral ornament, between these are a shaped fish scale arch in graduated shades of blue separated by mustard yellow columns with scrolling capitals. The exterior similarly decorated, although the sirins are replaced by fantastical, multi-colored tulips, the shaped handle with conforming ornament of brightly colored flowers and scales against a buff ground with a double-heart shaped terminal. The vessel raised on three ball feet. Struck on the underside with 88 standard and mark of the Moscow district assay office. Gross weight: 185 grams. Length over handle 5 ¼ in. (13.5 cm).
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