A SMALL SHADED ENAMELLED SILVER- GILT BOWL
Moscow, circa 1880. The low circular bowl on three filigree ball feet, the central medallion painted with a swan, within a white beaded border and a wide band of vari-color enamelled scrolling tulip blossoms on moss-green ground, the underbowl similarly enamelled, with twisted ropework rim. During the latter half of the 19th century, Russia was marked by a resurgence of Pan Slavism as evidenced in the arts by a return to the styles and traditions of Old Russia. Several Moscow workshops returned to the traditional enamelwork of the 16th and 17th centuries. It is possible that this bowl was made by the 6th Artel known for completely covering the surface of objects with predominantly olive-green, blue and cream colors. See A. von Solodkoff, Russian Gold and Silverwork, New York, 1981, p. 206.