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Large tulips, poppies, and sunflowers enameled in bright yellow, red, and blue on a white ground stand as the distinguishing features of this work by silversmiths in the town of Solvychegodsk, seat of the Stroganov family on the northern trade route from Moscow to Archangel on the White Sea. Painted enamels were introduced to Russia from western Europe during the 1600s. The cross-hatching on the petals to create shading reveals the influence of engravings in Western publications brought to Russia by traders.

On low ring foot, center medallion slightly deomed inside, applied with cloisonne motifs, five rounded petals in rust and white alternating with five sharply pointed green leaves, surrounding the head of a woman with yellow hair within a dark green frame, the medallion edged with a row of dark greenish bluish dots, a similar band at top edge of the interior. Rest of interior covered all over with sprays of stylized flowers on a white ground, sunflowers, tulips, in painted enamel in rust, yellow, green and blue with cross hatching for shading. On exterior, similar flowers on the center medallion, around sides shaped cloisons representing personifications of the four seasons, labeled, and the twelve signs of the Zodiac.

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Silver gilt -- enamel
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Solvychegodsk, Russia
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4.4 x 16.8 cm (1 3/4 x 6 5/8 in.)

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Museum Purchase, 1990