A PARCEL-GILT SILVER TROMPE L'OEIL MODEL OF A LOAF OF BREAD AND SALT THRONE

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MARKED SAZIKOV WITH THE IMPERIAL WARRANT, MOSCOW, 1876; THE SALT THRONE, MARK OF SAMSON STROGANOV, MOSCOW, 1873.

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A PARCEL-GILT SILVER TROMPE L'OEIL MODEL OF A LOAF OF BREAD AND SALT THRONE
MARKED SAZIKOV WITH THE IMPERIAL WARRANT, MOSCOW, 1876; THE SALT THRONE, MARK OF SAMSON STROGANOV, MOSCOW, 1873.
Circular, realistically cast and chased as a freshly baked loaf of bread, the base and under base engraved in Russian with dedicatory inscriptions ‘[To] Prince / Mikhail Ivanovich / Khilkov’ and ‘From colleagues / M.R.Zh.D / 1875-1880’ respectively, the circular hinged cover surmounted by a gilt salt throne, the cover of the salt throne inscribed with a Russian saying ‘Bez soli / bez khleba / polovina obeda’ ['Lunch without salt / and bread / is just half a meal'], marked under base, cover and under cover of the salt throne
3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high

7.12 oz. (221.6 gr.) gross