Russian Metal Artworks



    Russia, Moscow


    Silver craftsman Ilya Ivanov

    Silver, coconut; chasing, carving, gilding

    Height 16.5 cm

    Hallmarks: "I * I"; "В.А.", coat of arms of Moscow, "176 ..." (battered)


    Silver goblet with coconut bowl framed in silver and adorned with carved decor in the form of three round medallions with the images of Emperor Peter I, Impresses Catherine I and Elizabeth Petrovna. Hollow space between medallions is filled with military attributes such as banners, guns and cannons. The goblet base and stem  are decorated with chased rocaille patterns comprised of waves, shells and leaves.

    Coconut - the exotic material, was fashionable in Russia since the second half of the 17th century. It was widely used by the craftsmen in Moscow Kremlin workshops. The bas-relief portraits of Emperor Peter I, Empress Catherine I and Elizabeth Petrovna located in the bowl of coconut framed with military parade attributes indicate the memorable character of the goblet. Artfully executed, with royal images, in silver frame and decorated with chased rococo ornament, the cup served as the presentation gift. It was the precious offering of the Court. Such goblets were especially popular during the reign of Empress Elizaveta Petrovna. Being the objects of "the royal treasuries'", coconut goblets were stored in the Office of the Court Service.