Russian Enamel

Frame [in the box]

    Frame [in the box]

    Russia, St. Petersburg


    I.S.Britsin's gold, silverware and enamel workshop "Russian Enamel"

    Silver, ivory, glass; enamel over guillochе, casting, embossing, presswork, gold-plating

    13.7 х 9.4 х 0.9 cm

    Imitation marks: "FABERGE", "A.N"; tee and identification marks of St. Petersburg District Assay office 1908-1917. Silver alloy "84"


    Silver rectangular table photo frame with ornately shaped kickstand at the back side covered with an ivory plate. The surface of the frame is covered with red transparent enamel over guilloche background and decorated with plates made of silver laurel wreaths (at the top) and flower rosettes (in the corners). The top features a bowknot with fluttering ribbons. The external edge of the frame is decorated with a narrow band of acanthus leaves, the inner edge is in the shape of an oval medallion for a photograph and is decorated with a band of pearl beads. The ornamental decoration of the frame is made in the Neo-classics style.
    The frame is enclosed in the wooden box.


    The available marks of C. Fabergé’s Company and A. Nevalainen workshop are imitations, they are not genuine. But the fragments of the altered original manufacturer’s mark, the form of the frame and its ornamental decoration enable us to assume that this item was created in I.S. Britsin’s jewellery workshop. I.S. Britsin was considered to be one of the best Russian enamellists and owned a workshop for manufacturing gold, silver and enamelled goods, he was a former jeweller and enamellist at C. Fabergé’s firm. In Saint Petersburg the work of such top quality could be realised only by C. Fabergé’s Company or in Britsin's jewellery workshop the works of which were quite close in style and technique to those of the renowned court firm.