Description This box may have been part of a desk set. Painted in glossy enamel on the lid, on a pale blue ground, are a green two-kopeck stamp and a pink three-kopeck stamp on a pale blue ground. The stamps are bordered by rows of white enameled circles resembling pearls. On the sides of the box, floral motifs are raised over a stippled gilt background. A removable insert divides the interior chamber into two compartments.
Cleaned in preparation for exhibition.
Provenance A la Vieille Russie, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Mrs. Jean Riddell, Washington, D.C., April 22, 1976, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Marks] On bottom in Cyrillic: MS; [Symbols] kokoshnik left, 94, IL [for Ivan Sergervich Lebedkin, Moscow assay master, act: 1899-1908]
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
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