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A Russian silver gilt & cloisonné enamel tea caddy, Antip Kuzmichev, Moscow, 1899-1908, retailed by Tiffany & Co. The tea caddy tapering cylindrical with domed, slip-on lid, the exterior enameled in an unusual amalgam of Neo-Byzantine & Central Asian architectural ornament combining a highly original adaptionof the interlace decoration favored by Russian jewelers & silversmiths, the stippled gilt ground further embellished with fine, scrolling gilt wires, the slip-on lid with multicolor fish scale ornament above a band of Neo-Byzantine crosses & beads, fitted with silver gilt-mounted cork stopper. Struck with maker’s mark & 88 standard, stampedMade for Tiffany & Co., the underside finely engraved with scrolling monogram. Height 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm).
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