Russian Glass Art and Ceramic Art

Dessert vase from the Imperial yacht “Zabava”

    Dessert vase from the Imperial yacht “Zabava”

    Russiam Empire, Saint-Petersburg

    The 1860s

    Imperial Glass factory

    Transparent colorless crystal; blowing, engraving, grinding, faceting

    Height 14.5 cm; diameter 17.0 cm


    Bowl-shaped vase on low stem with "apple" waist and base of translucent colorless crystal. The bowl and stem are octahedral, processed with wide polished facet. Cyrillic inscription in the stylized "Old Russian" font «ЗАБАВА» is on one of the bowl facets ornamented in matte engraving technique. The octagonal base rear side is decorated with fine brilliant cutting. 
    The vase is part of the service made for the private sailing yacht of Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich (1850-1908), the fourth son of Emperor Alexander II, beloved brother of the future Emperor Alexander III.