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A magnificent Russian gilded silver& shaded cloisonné enamel tea caddy & matching scoop, Feodor Rückert, Moscow, 1908-1917. The flaring, dome-shape caddy profusely decorated in the Pan Slavic style with alternating rows of fantastical blossoms in shades of mint green, pink, & dove grey alternating with stylized blue sunflowers centered with a stylized pattern of red & black seeds, all against a warm cinnamon brown ground heightened with numerous finely gilded & polished cloisons outlining each form as well as smaller cells painted as pearls or scrolling ornament, the base of the domed screw-on cover with a band of mint green foliage against a royal blue ground, the back of the shaped caddy scoop & both sides of the handle with matching ornament, the interior of the caddy still fitted with original cork-lined stopper. Dimensions of caddy: 5 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. (13 x 9.5 cm). Length of caddy spoon: 4 1/8 in. (11.2 cm)
The decoration of this tea caddy represents the very height of the Rückert workshop’s power producing extraordinary enamels on silver for the most elite & discerning connoisseurs of the pre-war period. The design, with its sophisticated color palette & stylized natural forms equally reminiscent of flowers in a field & microorganisms under magnification, was intended for the sort of advanced viewer who was conversant in & amenable to the first stirrings of modernism in ballet, the theater, & painting. The surface testifies equally to the fact that this patron would have been very wealthy: each minutely shaded form is carefully & precisely outlined with gilded & polished cloisons. The application of the numerous shades of enamel, the multiple firings, & the careful placement of thousands of minute cloisons represented hundreds of hours of work intended to delight the connoisseur’s eye at his or her tea table.
For a comparable tea caddy lacking spoon by Feodor Rückert for Fabergé, see Sotheby Parke Bernet (New York), 23 & 24 June 1980, lot 880 (illustrated).
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