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Drinking Cup (Bratina)


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Description Drinking cups like this one, called a "bratina" in Russian, were passed around at ceremonail banquets. They were usually made of gilded silver, but ours has been fashioned from a coconut shell. An exotic fruit in Northern Europe, coconuts were highly prized during the 17th century and often mounted in silver.
Exhibitions
  • Russian Art: Icons and Decorative Arts from the Origin to the Twentieth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1959-1960.
  • World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
  • Russian Enamels. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996-1997.
  • Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire's Legacy . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2017-2018.
Provenance Countess Luibov Aleksandrovna Musina-Pushkina (born Kusheleva-Bezborodko), Saint Petersburg, prior to 1904, by purchase; Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Polovtsov (Alexandre Polovtsoff), Saint Petersburg and Paris [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1660-1690 (early Modern)
Medium
silver gilt, filigree enamel, coconut, colored stones
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.194
Measurements
Overall H: 4 5/8 × Diam: 3 15/16 in. (11.8 × 10 cm)
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