Russian silver-gilt and niello salt cellar and cover

Assaymaster Cyrillic Initials V.A. (Post-nikova-Losseva #596)

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Moscow, circa 1780, of bomh'e form, the sides nielloed with neo-classical male figures within hemispherical reserves, the surrounds with flowers and foliage, the slip-on domed cover neilloed similarly, with cone finial, raised on three dolphin feet, complete with liner, makers mark unclear, possibly Cyrillic initials M.M.N. (Postnikova-Losseva #894).