An Important Parcel-Gilt Silver and Niello Soup Tureen

MARK OF SEMEN PETROV KUZOV, ASSAYMASTER ANDREI TITOV, MOSCOW, CIRCA 1795

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An Important Parcel-Gilt Silver and Niello Soup Tureen
Mark of Semen Petrov Kuzov, assaymaster Andrei Titov, Moscow, circa 1795
Oval, on a pedestal foot and stepped square base with pierced border, the body applied with two lion-mask ring handles, one side nielloed with a lord and lady, the other with mythological figures within landscapes, on a chased scalloped gilt ground, beneath a pierced rim; with a gilt liner; the domed cover nielloed with allegorical figures in a landscape on a chased scalloped gilt ground, one side centering the coat-of-arms of Count Sheremetev, all beneath festoons and floral garlands and a rim chased with a laurel wreath, with a flower finial, fully marked, the base further scratch engraved beneath with inventory number 'H7 no' and weight 7 [funt] 58 [zolotniks] (which approximates to 100 troy ounces)
11½ in. (29.3 cm.) high, 14½ in. (36.9 cm.) long
100 oz. (3107 gr.)