A fine antique Russian polychrome cloisonne enamel and silver gilt cream jug; part of our silverware collection
This fine antique silver gilt and polychrome enamel Russian jug has an unusual form - the upper portion having a concave, circular, conical form, and the lower portion, a concave, circular, inverted cone form onto a circular foot.
The surface of the jug and spout is embellished with cloisonne designs using green, white, red and three shades of blue enamel on a niello background.
The scrolling, leaf, floral and bead designs are augmented with bands of stylised decoration encircling the neck, waist and foot.
The jug is fitted with a cloisonne decorated handle.
Four large, and four smaller rectangular plain gilt plaques are displayed around the lower portion of the jug.
One of these plaques displays the engraved initials
The halllmarks struck to the base of this fine antique Russian jug include:
AK (Antip Kuzmichov)** Maker's mark: A.C/1892 (Aleksandr Aleksejewitsch Smirnov - date 1892) Assayer's mark: 84 (84 zolotniks 875/1000) Silver quality/purity mark: St George and Dragon (Moscow) City mark:
This fine antique Russian silver jug is an exceptional gauge of silver, fine quality and in exceptional condition.
The enamel is in perfect condition.
Full hallmarks struck to the underside of the base are all clear apart from the city mark, which is slightly rubbed but legible.
These images do not provide perfect colour reproduction.
Length from back of handle to lip 7.7cm/3"
Diameter of body at widest part 8cm/3.1"
5 troy ounces/156g
* 'HJS' - the initials H and J to not exist in the Cyrillic alphabet
** Antip Kuzmichov sold some of his work through Tiffany & Co. New York
(the engraved initials may therefore be of American significance)
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