Russian Empire, Moscow
early 19th century
Silver; chiselling, niello, repousse, gilding
Height 1.8 cm; diameter 6.4 cm
Maker's mark is illegible; "84", Moscow city mark
Silver gilded round snuffbox with removable lid. The lid and bottom surfaces are decorated with niello images of gallant scenes with figures of gossiping ladies and gentlemen against the background of the architectural landscape (lid) and cavalier among the architectural ruins (the bottom). The images are located on a slightly lowered repousse background, bordered by the ornamental frame of lush leaves. Suspended niello garlands over repousse background decorate the snuffbox sides.