Decorative Arts and Jewellery

Russian Enamel

The Russian Enamel section contains art and craft items of the 17th – early 20th century, multifarious not only by their composition (cups, spoons, caddies, serving dishes, ladles, stoups, salt cellars, tobacco boxes, needle boards, matchbox holders, etc.), but also in terms of the enamel technique (champlevé, cloisonné, painted, stained-glass enamel, etc.) The collection objects made by both unknown masters and leading jewellery firms of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg in the second half of the 19th century – the beginning of the 20th century (firms of Ovchinnikov, Sazikov, Khlebnikov, Kurlyukov, the Grachev brothers, Faberge) are a good illustration of the level of enamellist work in Russia throughout the 17th – early 20th century, of the rich art language of Russian master craftsmen and of their stylistic preferences in this type of applied and decorative art.