Russian Enamel

Salt cellar

    Salt cellar

    Russia, Moscow


    Ovchinnikov factory

    Silver; enamel over engraving, champlevé enamel, chasing gilding

    14.6 х 8.2 х 7.9 cm

    Marks: "P.OVCHINNIKOV", "P.O"; "V.P/1883", "88", Moscow city emblem


    Salt cellar in the form of a peasant's wooden salt cellar - a chair with four feet,  round back and lift-up lid - the seat. The sides and the seat surfaces are decorated with enamel ornament of large diamonds joined together by flower rosettes and filled with the geometrical pattern bordered with a narrow frame with fine diamonds. The rear side is ornamented with stylised double-ended enamel image of cocks facing each other. Salt cellar cylinder feet are decorated with enamel. The enamel colours are turquoise, blue, white, red and green.


    The salt cellar shape evokes the ancient Russian utensil samples, peasants' salt cellars.