A Russian gem-set gilded silver three-handled loving cup, Ovchinnikov, Moscow, 1908-1911. The body of baluster form with flaring neck, chased and repoussé with three double-headed Imperial eagles within chased Usolk-style floral and foliate ornament against a matted ground, foliate scrolling ornament, the border above the eagles chased in imitation of woven rushes, the upper rim with six bezel-set cabochon garnets and with cable border, raised on three scroll feet, the lower border with the dedicatory engraving reading ‘William Wahl “Jolanda II” 1911’. Dimensions:9 7/8 in. H (25 cm)
Sotheby’s New York, December 1, 1998, lot 185.
Jolanda II, a nine-meter Finnish vessel built in 1911 and belonging to William Wahl, competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics which were hosted by Sweden. Twenty-four yachts entered from Denmark, Finland, Russia, France and Sweden, with races held off the Swedish coast at Nynäshamn in July 1912. The large cup might have been presented for a 1911 race that Wahl won.
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