Russia, St. Petersburg
last quarter of the 19th century
Silver; painted enamel, champleve enamel, carving, gilding
8.7 х 5.0 х 1.6 cm
Marks: "SAZIKOV", two-headed eagle; St. Petersburg city mark with silver alloy "88"
Silver rectangular cigarette case, gilded inside, with rounded sides, comprised of two equal halves, connected by a hinge, with a snap closure. Enamel miniature with a bust-length image of a girl unplaiting her hair, is in the oval medallion on the top lid. The miniature is bordered by a frame made of polychrome champleve enamel and formed by belts of geometric ornament. The bottom lid is decorated with similar oval medallion, but smooth, designed for a monogram. An oval silver button is in the snap closure, the top cover with a thumb ramp. The enamels’ colour scheme is based on the combinations of black, green, red, yellow, brown, blue and white colours and their shades.