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19th Century Russian Solid Silver-Gilt & Plique-A-Jour Enamel Kovsh, circa 1890



Antique 19th century imperial Russian solid silver-gilt and plique-a-jour enamel kovsh. Oval, with raised shaped trefoil handle, decorated with exotic birds, flowers and floral scrolls in red, blue, pink, green and white within red and twist wire borders. Hallmarked Russian silver 84 (875 standard), Moscow, year 1890, Maker NX ( Ivan Khlebnikov, silversmith and jeweller to the Russian Royal household) Ivan Khlebnikov (in Russian: ???? ?????????) was born in St. Petersburg, son of a diamond and jewellery merchant. By 1865 he had his own jewellery firm, where he employed his sons Mikhail, Alexei and Nikolai. In 1871 Ivan opened a factory in Moscow, employing around 200 artisans. Within the premises of his factory he also opened a school of design and sculpture for thirty-five students. Khlebnikov received several commissions from the Imperial family and in 1872 he was appointed official purveyor of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich. His artworks were displayed in several International Exhibitions, such as the one in Vienna in 1873 where he won two medals. The firm’s popularity grew and Khlebnikov was appointed a royal warrant by the sovereigns of Denmark, Netherlands, Serbia and Montenegro. In 1879 he was awarded the title of official supplier to the Imperial court of Russia. At Ivan’s death in 1881, his sons took over the business, employed more craftsmen and expanded the company buying Sazikov factories and shops. The company was closed and nationalized in 1918, with the outbreak of the Russian Revolution. Khlebnikov artworks were acclaimed for their fine decorative enamel work and the traditional Russian style. The company worked in all kinds of enamel, especially plique-à-jour and cloisonné, and reinterpreted the traditional Russian folk art through original and unique designs, a colorful palette and great mastery of execution. Sizr: Height 3cm Width 21 x 10cm Weight 115g.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 1.19 in. (3 cm)Width: 3.94 in. (10 cm)Depth: 8.27 in. (21 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1890
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. In Great Condition - No Damage.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A63121stDibs: LU1348218942452

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