Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases



    Russia, Moscow

    first half of the 19th century

    Silver; niello, carving, repousse, gilding

    8.7 х 6.0 х 1.6 cm

    Marks: "В.К.; Moscow coat of arms; "84"


    Silver octagonal snuffbox, gilded inside, with a hinged lid. The lid is decorated by a composition depicting a girl sitting under a tree in a gorgeous dress indicating to a Cupid hovering above the altar with a flowerpot. The cupid is holding an arrow in one hand and a heart in the other. A full-length image of a Cupid (?) against the background of architectural buildings construction is on the snuffbox bottom. The lid and bottom rims famed by a girdle of geometric ornament "spikelet". Lateral sides are adorned with the architectural landscape; carved crossed laurel branches are in the corners. All images are executed in niello; the background is slightly lowered and repoussed.