Russian Enamel

Purse with initials (?) faced with diamonds (?) in the medallion

    Purse with initials (?) faced with diamonds (?) in the medallion

    Russian Empire, Moscow

    Last quarter of the 19th century

    Khlebnikov factory

    Silver, enamel; filigree enamel, filigree, gilding, engraving

    5.9 x 7.6 x 2.0 cm

    Marks: .....НИКОВЪ (ХЛЕБНИКОВЪ (?)); Moscow city mark (?); "swan in oval" – French import custom mark


    Rectangular purse with rounded corners, consisting of two flaps (lids) with snap shutter, decorated in the Russian style with filigree enamel. Both flaps (lids) are decorated with ornately shaped medallions in the centers, comprised of the central part - a circle (made of scan rings) and four curly "rays". Eight-petal rosette is on one lid inside the medallion; a pattern or initial that is faced with diamonds is on the other cover. Filigree curls with small flowers and petals on repoussed background surround the medallion. The belt of geometric ornament comprised of stylized scallops and triangles frames the flaps lateral sides. The enamels color scheme is based on the combination of blue, blue, white and red shades.