A parcel-gilt silver and champlevé enamel salt chair, Andrei Bragin, St Petersburg, circa 1880

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The surface with opaque and translucent enamel geometric motifs, inscribed in Russian: 'Eat bread and salt, speak the truth', 'With a piece of bread, it's heaven even under a pine tree' and 'Our great grandfathers ate simple food and lived well', the pierced back painted with a cockerel, 88 standard, Soviet control marks
height: 11cm, 4 3/8 in.