Antique Imperial Russian Silver Hunting Beaker, 18th century
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Authentic, Imperial Russian, silver hunting beaker, gilded inside, circa 1740. Details: conical, with slightly everting rim accentuated by two chased grooves. Beaker is decorated with three medallions, framed with chased and repoussé acanthus and rocaille motives. One of them is inhabited by Eros posed here resting on a compound bow, with a quiver full of arrows hanging on the strap over his shoulder. The second panel illustrates a dog running in the woods. In third panel the same (?) dog, this time running on the river bank, is apparently attacked by a big bird of pray. On the bottom are punched three hallmarks. At the bottom right of the image is located hallmark of the City of Moscow, showing the right side of the double headed imperial eagle, with visible left head, wing, and its left paw holding the orb, below which is visible letter K. For the exact reference to this hallmark see Russian Gold and Silverwork 15th 20th Century by M. M. PostnikovaLosseva N. G. Platonova, B. L. Ulianova page 202, No.1958. The second hallmark is only partly preserved. It shows number 40 and a Cyrillic letter P, referring to the hallmark 2068 on page 204 of Von Slodkoff catalogue, relating to the year 1740. Two other Cyrillic hallmarks are most likely representing the makers initials. Examples of high quality old Russian silver are very rare, for many reasons. Silver ware was treated historically, apart from its artistic value, as a source of precious metal, turned in the times of hardship into coinage. For that reason, for example, during the Napoleonic War, Russian aristocracy donated silver objects to support countrys war effort.
CONDITION: no repairs or restorations, age patina.
MEASUREMENTS: Height 8,5 cm (3 3/8 in), rim diameter 7 cm (2 ¾ in), base diameter 5,3 cm (2 1/8 in).
REFERENSES: (1) Russian Gold and Silverwork 15th 20th Century by M. M. PostnikovaLosseva N. G. Platonova, B. L. Ulianova page 202, No.1958. (2) Von Slodkoff catalogue, relating to the year 1740.
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- 18th century
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- old patina