Russian Metal Artworks



    Russia, Moscow

    1908-1917 (support stand)

    N. Zverev's silverware workshop

    Silver, glass; casting, stamping, embossing, metal chasing, repousse (pointillé), gold-plating, painting

    Support stand 28.5 х 22.2 х 11.0 cm; bottles' height 15.5 cm

    Marks on support stand: "НЗ"; tee of Moscow District Assay department 1908-1917 with silver alloy: "84"


    Set for spices, consisting of a silver support stand and two glass bottles of ovoid shape with silver settings of the neck and removable lids. The bottles' bodies are decorated with images of stylized leaves and buds, performed with gold and black paint on colourless and white backgrounds. The bottles are inserted in a right-angle frame with rounded lateral edges on a support stand on four feet in the form of hooves, with two "slots" and a vertical handle in the center. Supporting stands are decorated with mascarons surrounded by foliage ornament (walls) and narrow decorative belts depicting palmettas; the handle is made in the shape of two dolphins with intertangled tails. Silver decoration is performed in the Neo Classical style.