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Maker(s) &
Production:

Zhilin, Ivan, maker, possibly, Russia, Veliki Ustiug

Production
Note:

Ivan Zhilin was born in 1750, made master in 1770, and died circa 1812

Collection:

Arnold J.H. Smith Collection

Category:

boxes

Name(s):

box
silver; category
objet de vertu; category

Date:

1794

School/Style:

Russian

Period:

late 18th century

Description(s):

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.

Technique(s):

engraving; decoration
niello; decoration
gilding; decoration

Material(s):

silver; whole
applying niello; decoration
gilt; 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, 1.8, cm
diameter, box and lid, 8.8, 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):

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

Documentation:

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

Accession:

Object Number: M.11 & A-1964
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 166526; input: 2009-01-28; modified: 2017-10-20)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/166526





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