An important silver presentation punch bowl in the form of a drum kettle St. Petersburg, 1881

indistinct maker's initials NP

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Modelled in the form of a military drum on gilt tripod scroll support each enamating from a foilate calyx ending in a bun foot, the plain body applied with four oval medallions enclosing; the Imperial double headed eagle above military trophy; the coat of arms of the Princes Bariatinsky (Obshchii gerbovnik, I, p.5); Russian presentation inscription in Viaz 'To my Friends of the Guards Cavalry Regiment'and another 'Count Alexander Vladimirovich Barinatsky'below seven tuning bolts against gilt ogee cartouche, with gilt interior. The Princes Bariatinsky descend from Mikhail Vsevolodovich, Grand Prince of Chernigov and Kiev himself a descendant in the eleventh generation from Riurik, founder of the Russian state in 862. Mikhail's great-grandson, Prince Aleksandr Andreevich Mezetsky, acquired the fief of Bariatino and took the name of Prince Bariatinsky. His descendents have always figured prominently in the military, political and social annals of the Russian Empire: from Prince Iurii Nikitich's victory over Stenka Razin at Simibirsk in 1670- by way of the gilded salons of the Court of Versailles, where from 1773-1785, Prince Ivan Sergeevich, le beau Russe, was Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Pleinipotentiary - to the mountainous territories of the Caucasus and the celebrated Field Marshal Prince Aleksandr Ivanovich, who brought about their annexation by the capture of Shamyl in 1859. The Bariatinskys are also the only Russian princely family to be directly related to the royal families of Denmark, Russia, Great Britain, Norway and Greece. Prince Aleksandr Vladimirovich Bariatinsky the donor of the present punch bowl, was born in St. Petersburg, March 21st 1848 and died in March 1909. He was the only son of Prince Vladimir Ivanovich Bariatinsky (a second cousin twice removed of the Empress Maria Fedorovna, nee Princess Dagmar of Denmark, wife of Alexander III) and his wife Princess Elisaveta Aleksandrovna Chernyshev, and a godson of the Emperor Nicholas I. An officer of the Chevaliers Guards since 1866, he was named Aide-de-Camp to H.M. the Emperor in 1875. From July 14th 1883 to July 24th 1884, he was Commander of the Horse Guards Regiment. He was deprived of his post of Aide-de-Camp and Commandor of the Horse Guards (possibly as a result of his divorce) and entered an infrantry regiment of the line. He inherited from his father the majorat of Ivanovskoe in the district of L'gov, Government of Kursk. The Prince married as his first wife, in 1872, Countess Elena Mikhailovna Orlov-Denisov. The couple had one son, Prince Vladimir Aleksandrovich. The Prince divorced his first wife and remarried in April 1897 Anna Nikolaevna Pokhrovsky.