Russian Metal Artworks

Ashtray (salt-сellar) in the form of a dolphin

    Ashtray (salt-сellar) in the form of a dolphin

    Russia, St. Petersburg

    Last quarter of the 19th century

    Fabergé firm, Rappoport workshop

    Silver; casting, chasing, gilding

    Height 8.0 cm (maximum); layout dimensions 14.8 x 5.9 cm

    Marks: "ФАБЕРЖЕ"; "I.P."; St. Petersburg city mark with alloy number "88"; Inv.No. "1(7?), 636"


    Silver dolphin figurine, hollow inside, with gilded reservoir, open at the top. The figure is made in the traditions of the Renaissance and Baroque, in connection with which it has, like fish, thoroughly chased scaly "body" and gills, tail and flipper fins, turning into fancy curls and rocailles. The gilded tank inside, made of soldered smooth plate, indicates the utilitarian function of the object.