Russian Empire, Moscow
Silver, amethyst; filigree enamel, painted enamel, repousse
10.6 x 6.7 x 1.8 cm
Marks: "Ф.Р."; tee of Moscow District Assay office 1899-1908 with alloy mark "88"
Silver rectangular cigarette case, with rounded sides and corners, comprised of two equal halves, connected by hinge, with snap shutter. The top lid is decorated with enamel image of Russian winter bear hunt scene, placed in small pentagonal frame. The image is framed by floral and geometric patterns on repousse painted enamel background. The similar pattern, with the image of flower rosette in pentagonal frame adorns the bottom lid. Strips of foliage-geometric ornament on light enamel background are along the edges of both lids. Oval amethyst insert is in the thumb ramp. The cigarette case is realized in the Neo-Russian style. The enamels' colour scheme is based on the combination of white, yellow, blue, navy-blue, green, lilac, reddish-brown and pink tints.