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SOLD - Russian Silver Gilt and Polychrome Cloisonné Enamel Kovsh - Antique

A fine and impressive antique Russian silver gilt and polychrome cloisonné enamel kovsh; an addition to our Russian silverware collection

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SOLD - Russian Silver Gilt and Polychrome Cloisonné Enamel Kovsh - Antique
SOLD - Russian Silver Gilt and Polychrome Cloisonné Enamel Kovsh - Antique

Description


This fine antique Russian silver gilt and polychrome cloisonné enamel kovsh* has a boat shaped form.


The surface of this impressive kovsh is embellished with cloisonné scrolling and floral designs amidst bands of bead decoration using various tones of green, blue and purple in addition to red and white sections of polychrome enamel, all on a matte background.


This antique kovsh is fitted with a scrolling handle with an incurved thumbpiece, embellished with further cloisonné enamel decoration.


The hallmarks to the underside of this impressive Russian kovsh include:

Maker's mark: МЗ (MZ , Mikhail Zorin)

Silver quality/purity mark: 84 (84 zolotniks**)

Kokoshnik mark: Δ, Delta (Moscow***)


* A kovsh is a drinking vessel/ladle traditionally used for serving and drinking mead. The originally were crafted in wood until the 19th century when precious metals and enamels were used to create presentation pieces.


** 84 zolotniki is equivalent to 875/1000 or .875 standard silver.


*** This variation of the Kokoshnik mark was used from 1908-1926, determining the date of this piece as circa 1915.


Condition


This antique Russian kovsh is an exceptional gauge of silver, fine quality and in exceptional condition.

The cloisonné enamel is in perfect condition.

Full hallmarks struck to the underside of the base are all very clear.


Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this piece of Russian silverware.


Dimensions


Length from back of handle to fingerpiece 8cm/3.1"

Width 4.8cm/1.9"

Height 4.6cm/1.8"

Height to rim of vessel 2.5cm/1"


 
 
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Andrew Campbell started trading in Antique Silver in the 1970's. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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