Russian Metal Artworks



    Russian Empire, Kiev


    First Kiev jeweller and art-engraving workshop

    Silver; cloisonne enamel , carving, engraving, gilding

    Height 23.4 cm

    Marks: 1K.ARTEL, tee certification mark for silver articles of Kiev District Assay office 1899-1908. Silver alloy; "84"


    Silver wine bowl, conical, on a round profiled base. The smooth front surface is decorated with composition consisting of onlay parts: inscription "CЛАВА" (along the crown) and the St. George cross on the flattering enamel black-and-yellow (St. George's) ribbon with the inscription: ПЕРВЫМЪ ГЕОРГИЕВСКИМЪ КАВАЛЕРАМЪ". The composition is complemented by carved inscription in the bottom part: "10-й РОТЕ 11-го ВОСТОЧНОГО СИБИРСКОГО СТРЕЛКОВОГО ПОЛКА ОТЪ КОМАНДИРА РОТЫ КАПИТАНА ЕВГЕНИЯ ПАВЛОВИЧА ДЮКОВСКОГО". The names of the soldiers awarded for their exploits by these crosses are engraved on the opposite side.

    The presented wine bowl is an artistic memorial of the greatness of soul, glory and heroism of Russian soldiers during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. Its classical form and elegant, strict decor emphasize the importance of an officer's gift created to commemorate the soldiers who performed their duty and were rewarded for their exploits with St. George's Crosses ( about 87,000 soldiers were got the awards during the Russian-Japanese war). The Russian army kept the traditions. One of them was to celebrate important events and jubilee dates with precious gifts, the so-called "regimental silver" which was stored in the Officer Assembly. Similar items could be seen at regimental lunches, in which, besides the complement officer corps, took part the retired commanders and mates, honorary guests including the emperors and grand dukes. In the memoirs of the palace commandant V.I. Voyeikov there is a description of a dinner in the Leib-Hussar regiment, which was held in the presence of the Emperor Nicholas II. "In the huge dining room, called "the duty room", about one hundred people were siting down at a table covered with canvas ... The central part of the he table at whole length was decorated with regimental silver, consisting of jams, ladles, vine-bowls, vases and other items received as awards for horse-riding and shooting. There were no flowers. The decoration of the table was solely with silver objects. It looked very impressing with strong illumination".

    Cited from: Smorodinova G. Stoop from silver., Regimental dinnerware of Guards Officer's Assembly // Rodina, 2000. No. 11. P. 116-117.