Russian Empire, Moscow
Silver; painted enamel, filigree enamel, repousse, gilding
10.5 х 7.1 х 1.7 cm
Marks: "П.ОВЧИННИКОВЪ"; double-headed eagle; Moscow city mark with alloy number "84"; Polish import mark "owl head"
Silver rectangular cigarette case, gilded, with rounded sides and corners, composed of two equal halves connected by a hinge, with silver button in the snap shutter. The top lid is decorated with wide diagonal ribbon with painted enamel composition depicting two cupids floating on dolphins with tridents in their hands. Fancy flowers, made in the technique of painted filigree enamel on the repousse background are on the lid corners. The similar decoration adorns the cigarette case bottom lid. Both lids’ edges are emphasized by ribbon with jagged patterns of red, blue and white enamels. The decor of the cigarette case is realized in the Neo-Russian style. The enamels coloring is based on the combination of green, navy- blue, white, red, yellow, pink, brown and purple colors.