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SNUFFBOX WITH AN ALLEGORICAL FIGURE

Made by: Aleksei Sokolov

Currently in storage


About this object

On the cover of the rectangular box is a medallion with a female figure crowned with a laurel leaf seated on a cloud within a medallion framed by a laurel garland. A bird is seated on her shoulder and a lamb rests by her side. The remainder of the cover is covered with horizontal stripes interrupted with eight-pointed stars, all in niello. On the underside is a similar medallion framed with a laurel garland. Within this is a harbor scene, engraved and stippled. At far right is a large ship with at least two masts. A small group rows away from or toward the ship in a small boat. On the shore, at left, is a large church in the foreground. The towers of a walled city are visible in the background. scene in niello and the same background. The sides are decorated with a leaf pattern in silver and niello.

Object name:
SNUFFBOX WITH AN ALLEGORICAL FIGURE
Made from:
Silver gilt -- niello
Made in:
Moscow, Russia
Date made:
1823
Size:
1.3 × 8.9 × 5.4 cm (1/2 × 3 1/2 × 2 1/8 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
13.28
Class:
NIELLO
Signature marks:
Hallmark [St. George and the Dragon] Interior of box. Hallmark for the city of Moscow. Silver standard mark 84 Struck inside box. Date 1823 Struck in interior of box. Maker's mark AS [Cyrillic] Partially obscured mark inside box. Mark of Aleksei Sokolov, active Moscow to 1830.
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973