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Drinking Cup (Bratina)
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Drinking Cup (Bratina)


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The rounded body of this "bratina" or drinking cup is decorated with incised designs of interlaces, fantastic masks, and fruit, inspired by Dutch or Flemish prints. The cup's shape, with an inscription on a broad band at the rim in Russian celebrating drinking rituals, was a specialty of silversmiths associated with the Moscow court of the Tsar. While such cups were also made in Holland and Germany for the Russian market, there does not appear to be any evidence that that is this case here. Dutch and Flemish engravings intended as models for craftsmen were known to circulate in Russia. The inscription translates "Bratina of the Archpriest Demetrius Athinogenov. May one drink from it in good health."
Conservation

A mid-20th century coating failed. The old coating was removed. The bratina was lightly polished using precipitated chalk. A new coating of Agateen 27 Lacquer was applied using a brush.

The bratina was coated with an acrylic resin in the 1950s or '60s that had failed. The silver was irregularly tarnished. The surface was cleaned using acetone to remove the old coating. Spots of tarnish were removed using precipitated chalk in distilled water. After cleaning and degreasing, the bratina was coated to slow future tarnishing.

Date Description Narrative
9/14/2017ExaminationCleaned for exhibition.
9/18/2017TreatmentCleaned 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.
Provenance Purchased by Count Aleksandr Alekseevich Musin-Pushkin, Saint Petersburg, before 1904; purchased by Alexandre Polovtsoff (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Polovtsov), Paris; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Along the edge: Братина протопопа Дмитреѧ Анъθиногенова. Пити из неiа на здравие; [Translation] "Bratina" of the archpriest Demetrius Anthinogenov. May one drink from it in good health
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1660-1700 (Baroque)
Medium
silver, partially gilded
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.801
Measurements
H: 5 1/16 in. (12.8 cm)
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