Princess Maria Tenisheva

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A wood, enamel and jewelled Cabinet, the brass bound cabinet with fall front, applied with square brass plaques enamelled with blue flowerheads against a green background, centred by a Sibirian cabochon emerald, the interior fitted with three maple-wood drawers, each with brass handles enamelled with red and green stylised flowers, raised on four bracket feet, chained clasp, signed with interlaced initials below princely crown. phis casket by Princess Maria Tenisheva can be considered as a major work made in her atelier at Talashkino where she also had a museum to display part of her collection. She was the leading figure of the renaissance of Russian arts and crafts at the end of the 19th century. Inspired by Arthur Jacquin she turned to enamels late in her career. Through testing more than three hundred new colours which had been lost to Europe, she discovered new shades. She was especially interested in the traditional styles and motifs of Russian art applied to household wares. For other works by her see the following lots 307, 308, 309, and a paper folder containing illustrations of her works lot 310. For further information on her life see Sothebys London, sale of Russian Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, 5th March 1981, lot 48 For a very similar cabinet see: Denis Roche; Princesse Trenchere, LArt Russe, J. Povloski & Cie, Paris, plate 16