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"Kovsh" with Imperial Eagle


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This kovsh (ceremonial cup) is carved from an unusually large piece of nephrite, a type of jade. The underside of the handle is inscribed May 6, 1911. In the old style (Julian) calendar, May 6 was Nicholas II’s birth date, and the kovsh therefore might have been intended as a presentation gift to celebrate the tsar’s 43rd birthday, although the marks on the metal show that it was made years earlier.
Conservation

The silver and gold handle and spout of the kovsh were cleaned using precipitated chalk to remove tarnish. The metal elements were then coated to reduce tarnishing in the future.

Silver and gilded silver elements were cleaned using precipated chalk in a slurry to remove tarnish. After polishing, the silver elements were coated to reduce tarnishing in the future.

Date Description Narrative
7/24/1959Treatmentcleaned; coated
1/23/1988Treatmentcleaned
1/23/1988Examinationexamined for condition
2/28/2002Treatmentexamined for condition; other
9/27/2017ExaminationTreated for exhibition.
9/27/2017TreatmentCleaned for exhibition
Exhibitions
  • Russian Art: Icons and Decorative Arts from the Origin to the Twentieth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1959-1960.
  • A Millennium of Christianity: Russian Art from The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • The Fabergé Menagerie. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Portland Art Museum, Portland. 2003-2004.
  • Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire's Legacy . 2017-2018.
Provenance Acquired by Alexandre Polovtsoff (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Polovtsov), Paris; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Mark] On handle: 88; [Inscribed] May 6, 1911
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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Period
1899-1903
Medium
nephrite, silver, gold, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.1076
Measurements
H: 4 1/8 x W: 12 5/8 in. (10.5 x 32.1 cm)
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