Russia, St. Petersburg
last quarter of the 19th century
Silver; painted enamel, champleve enamel, carving, gilding
11.1 х 6.1 х 1.7 cm
Marks: "КА"; St. Petersburg city mark with silver alloy "84"
Silver rectangular cigarette case, gilded inside, with rounded sides, comprised of two equal halves, connected by a hinge, with a snap closure. Carved, black enamelled stylized image of a country window decorated with curtains, young girl sitting on the windowsill with a long braid, in kokoshnik and blue sarafan, holding a whistle in one hand (for "inviting" suitors) is on the lid. An ivy stalk with green leaves is in front of the window. Images of the girl and ivy are of painted enamel. The bottom cover is smooth and free of decor. The edges of both lids are framed by a blue belt of geometric ornament, made in the technique of champleve enamel, called the "the curl of Vitruvius". An oval silver button is in the snap closure. The enamels’ colour scheme is based on the combinations of blue, green, white, red and brown colours and their shades.