A PARCEL-GILT SILVER IMPERIAL PRESENTATION KOVSH

MOSCOW, CIRCA 1736

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A PARCEL-GILT SILVER IMPERIAL PRESENTATION KOVSH
MOSCOW, CIRCA 1736
Of traditional form with raised prow and handle, the bowl repoussé with a circular reserve centring an Imperial double-headed eagle with the orb and sceptre, the exterior sides chased with Russian dedication inscription 'By the Grace of God we Empress Anna [Ioannovna], Autocrat of all Great Russia presented this kovsh to ataman of the Volzhskii Cossacks Voisko Makar Nikitin Son Persidskii for his true service on 7 January 1736', within engraved foliate cartouches, the shaped handle surmounted by an Imperial crown and centring a cartouche with Empress Anna in profile within densely cast and chased foliate scrolls and rocaille, marked under handle
11½ in. (29.3 cm.) wide
17.03 oz. (529.5 gr.)