A Russian parcel gilt silver and enamel cigarette case with coin, Pavel Volkov, Moscow, 1908-1917. The case cast and chased with a radiating and ribbed design, the hinged lid centered with a bezel-set ruble coin from the reign of Anna Ioannovna (Ivanovna) dated 1732, the ground enameled translucent cobalt blue over a hatched ground, with gold-mounted cabochon sapphire thumbpiece, complete with vesta compartment (the strike plate lacking), the interior gilded and with an engraved floral design on either side of the coin, struck with 84 and 56 standards for gold and silver. Gross weight: 253 grams. Dimensions: 4 1/4″ x 3 3/8″ (10.8 x 8.6 cm).
The Manolo March Collection, Christie’s London, 28-29 October 2009, lot 435
Moscow silversmith Pavel Mikhailovich Volkov’s workshop is known to have been active from at least 1868 to sometime after 1908. Тhe firm’s output was small, but very high quality. Examples of luxury items such as cigarette cases and ladies silver evening bags are held in the collections of various Moscow museums. More recently, jeweled bishops’ mitres with the firm’s silver mounts in the stil moderne appeared on the Russian antiques market, demonstrating a heretofore unknown aspect of the workshop’s production and suggesting that much remains to be discovered.
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