A Russian gilded silver and shaded cloisonné enamel jewel casket, Master EPR, Moscow, 1899-1908. Rectangular, with domed, hinged lid, enameled with stylized poppies and tulips around a beaded trellis pattern, the sides with conforming ornament, with shaped, gilded handles and hasp, raised on four bracket feet. Dimensions: 2 in. H x 4 1/4 in. W x 2 3/4 in. D (5 x 10.7 x 7 cm).
Provenance: Sotheby’s New York, 13 December 1991, lot 166.
The Moscow silversmith and enameler who used the Cyrillic initials EPR as a maker’s mark remains unidentified, but numerous examples of the quality of the workshop’s production can be seen in both public and private collections. For comparison, see Christie’s-New York, 18 April 2007, lot 259; Christie’s-London, 24 November 2008, lot 124; and, Christie’s-South Kensington, 10 June 2010, lot 198.
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