A SILVER-GILT AND NIELLO SALT CELLAR AND TWO SNUFF BOXES THE SALT CELLAR, MAKER'S MARK CYRILLIC 'V.A', MOSCOW, 1792, ONE SNUFF BOX, MARK OF VASILY POPOV, MOSCOW, FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY, THE OTHER SNUFF BOX, PROBABLY RUSSIA, 19TH CENTURY

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The salt cellar, of bulbous form, on three dolphin-shaped feet, with a detachable cover, nielloed overall with allegorical figures, within laurel cartouches and swags, the cover surmounted by a finial, marked under base, one snuff box, nielloed overall with pastoral scenes over a stippled ground, marked inside cover and base, the other snuff box, similarly nielloed with hunting scenes over a stippled ground, possibly remounted, with later continental marks on rim The salt cellar, 4 in. (10 cm.) high with cover, and smaller