Zhilin, Ivan, maker, possibly, Russia, Veliki Ustiug
Ivan Zhilin was born in 1750, made master in 1770, and died circa 1812
Arnold J.H. Smith Collection
objet de vertu; category
late 18th century
silver, parcel-gilt and niello, circular; decorated with a map of St. Petersburg, inscription and engraving of Falconet's monument of Peter the Great
Silver, parcel-gilt and niello. Circular with flat pull-off lid. The lid is nielloed with a map of St. Petersburg within a gilt border of husks. The recessed base is nielloed with an image of Flaconet's monument of Peter the Great, surrounded by a Cyrillic inscription, which is the key to the map on the lid, and within a gilt border of husks. The sides are reeded, and the interior is gilt.
applying niello; decoration
the decoration on the box has been engraved, nielloed and gilt, and the interior is gilt.
height, box and lid, 1.8, cm
diameter, box and lid, 8.8, cm
bequeathed; 1964-03-12; Smith, Arnold John Hugh
Bequeathed by Arnold John Hugh Smith through the National Art Collections Fund
date and assay master's mark; on the inside of the lid; struck; '1794' over A.T; date 1794 over the assay master's mark of Alexei Ivanov Torlov
town mark; on the inside of the lid; struck; a standing figure in profile; the town mark of Veliki Oustiug
maker's mark; on the inside of the lid; struck; IЖ; Ivan Zhilin
Postnikova-Loseva, M. M.. 1974. Russian Jewellery Centres and Masters: 16th - 19th Centuries.Moscow:
Ref: for marks see p. 230 nos. 60 and 68, and p. 231 no. 85
1978. Sotheby's Sale Catalogue, 19 June 1978.London: Sotheby's
Cf: for information on Zhilin's life see lot 112, p.19.
2006. Sotheby's Sale Catalogue, 28 November 2006.London: Sotheby's
Cf: for a box by Ivan Zhilin with a similar map on the base see lot 246, pp. 74-75
Object Number: M.11 & A-1964
(record id: 166526; input: 2009-01-28; modified: 2017-10-20)