A russian silver trompe l'oeil and figural tea glass holder and teaspoon, late nineteenth century
The sides, handle, and base engraved in imitation of wood grain, the handle with trompe l'oeil embroidered linen towels, an attached plaque on the front depicts a male and female peasant seated on opposite sides of an unengraved shield with coronet and figures of a moujik playing a squeezebox and a peasant woman pouring from a pitcher stand on two of the four raised platform feet, by Alexander Nikolaevich Sokolov, St. Petersburg, 1879, handle of the teaspoon decorated with the bust of a peasant woman, by Khlebnikov, Moscow, 1875. Complete with heavy faceted glass liner.
height of tea glass holder 6 in. 15.2 cm