Antique Russian Silver Wine Beaker 18th Century
An 18th century (from the period time of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna 1741-1761) Imperial Russian Silver wine beaker of tapered shaped circular form decorated with repousse, hand chiseled and hand engraved in scrolling foliage with a motif of typical Russian palace. Stamped on the underside with three silver hallmarks; City of Moscow silver hallmark representing St. George on the horse killing the dragon and a dated below 1759, with two adders hallmarks maker and assayer marks. Not to many 18th Century Russian silver has survived to this day. During the Napoleonic War Russian aristocrats had donated silver objects to the state to be melt into coins to buy military equipment for the Russian Army to defeat Napoleon. Such high quality silver beakers were made only for members of Russian Imperial family and high rang court aristocrats. References: Russian Gold and Silverwork 17th- 18th Century by Alexander von Solodkoff. High 7 ½ inches (19cm), 4 3/8 inches(11cm) diameter at the top and 3 ½ inches (9cm) diameter at the base.
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