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SOLD - Russian Silver Gilt and Polychrome Cloisonne Enamel Egg - Antique 1884

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Russian silver polychrome cloisonne enamel egg; an addition to our ornamental silverware collection

SKU: A7388

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SOLD - Russian Silver Gilt and Polychrome Cloisonne Enamel Egg - Antique 1884


This exceptional antique Russian silver gilt box has an ovoid egg shaped form onto three figural bust style feet.

The surface of this box is embellished with fine and impressive cloisonné scrolling foliate and floral designs using various tones of blue, red and white sections of polychrome enamel, all on a matte gilded background.

The lower portion of the enamel egg incorporates six circular cartouche, each displaying a double-headed Imperial Eagle displayed, twice imperially crowned, grasping in the dexter claw an imperial sceptre, and in the sinister claw an imperial orb.

Each Imperial Eagle is charged with a shield shaped escutcheon displaying two alternating armorial bearings; one illustration has been determined to be an iconic Russian image of St. George Martyr the Victorious riding a horse in full gallop with a a dragon crawling to the base whose head the rider is piercing through with a spear.

The ornamentation to this antique enamel egg incorporates a collet set gem to the upper portion and applied rope twist decorated borders to the rim.

The egg shaped box is fitted with a push fit cover and features a continuation of gilding to the interior compartments.

This antique box is fitted to the original cast Russian silver gilt frame, supported by three exceptional female bust style feet.

The Russian hallmarks to the interior of each composite piece include:

Maker's mark: М.Овцинниковъ (Михаил Овцинниковъ/Mikhail Ovchinnikov)

Assay mark: В.П 1884 (Василий Александровиц Петров/Vasily Aleksandrovich Petrov)

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

City mark: St George slaying the dragon (Moscow, Russia)

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

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Date: 1884


This antique enamel egg is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

The enamel is in perfect condition.

The Russian hallmarks struck to the rim of the box are all very clear.

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


Height 14.7cm/5.8"

Diameter of body 9.2cm/3.6"

Diameter of stand 8.1cm/3.2"

Total Weight

15.9 troy ounces/495g

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