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Maker(s) &
Production:

B.K, maker, Russia, Moscow

Collection:

Arnold J.H. Smith Collection

Category:

boxes

Name(s):

box
objets de vertu; category

Date:

circa 1800 1820

School/Style:

Chinoiserie

Period:

early 19th Century

Description(s):

silver, parcel-gilt and niello, rectangular with cut corners, decorated with a Chinoiserie vignette in a rococo border
Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, rectangular with cut corners and integral hinge. The flat cover is nielloed with a vignette of two Oriental figures in rocky Chinese scene with a bridge, buildings and pine trees in the background, surrounded by a rococo border; the whole on a matted gilt ground. The sides and recessed base are similarly decorated. The bezel and corners are engraved with a border of chevrons. The interior is gilt.

Technique(s):

engraving; decoration
applying niello; decoration
gilding; decoration

Material(s):

silver; whole
niello; decoration
gold; decoration

Technique
Description:

the decoration on the box has been engraved, nielloed and gilt, and the interior is gilt.

Dimension(s):

height, box and lid, 1.5, cm
length, box and lid, 9.0, cm
width, box and lid, 6.0, cm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1964-03-12; Smith, Arnold John Hugh

Acquisition Credit:

Bequeathed by Arnold John Hugh Smith through the National Art Collections Fund

Inscription(s):

maker's mark; on the inside of the lid and base; struck; B.K; unidentified maker's mark
town mark; on the inside of the lid and base; struck; St. George slaying the dragon; the town mark of Moscow
standard mark; on the inside of the lid and base; struck; 84; 84 zolotniks, i.e. 87.5% pure silver

Accession:

Object Number: M.21-1964
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 150718; input: 2007-08-20; modified: 2017-10-20)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/150718





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