Russian Metal Artworks

Shtof-bottle with cork with two-headed eagle-shaped finial

    Shtof-bottle with cork with two-headed eagle-shaped finial

    Russian Empire, Saint-Petersburg


    The First Silver Artel

    Silver, colourless translucent glass, cork; grinding, painting with gold, chasing, forge-rolling; presswork

    34.5 x 14.0 x 10.0 cm

    Marks: “ФАБЕРЖЕ” below two-headed eagle, 1CA; certification mark of Saint-Petersburg district Assay office in 1908-1917, alloy number “88”


    Translucent colourless glass shtof-bottle of tetrahedral shape, with wide front and narrow sidewalls, on silver base, with cork and silver finial. All four walls of the bottle are decorated with the images of circles and semicircles made of ovals and supplemented with gold painting. Wide openwork belt with symmetrical composition featuring presswork ornamental details above the quadrangular profiled base, decorated with the frieze of foliage ornament. The composition features wreath, to which horizontal palmettes with two rosette curls adjoin on both sides. The composition is rimmed with English holly shaped frieze above and below. The cork stopper is crowned with the finial in the shape of three-sided image of two-headed eagle below the crown, with a sceptre and an orb in its claws, located on leafy rosette. The shtof-bottle decor is designed in the Neoclassical style.