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Cigarette Box with Miniature of "Blind Man's Bluff"


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The miniature, in matte enamel, reproduces Blind Man's Bluff, a popular painting by Konstantin Makovskii (1839-1915). In a teremok interior, a child and an older boy waving a peacock feather encourage a blindfolded young lady dressed in white while her companions seek to elude her. Incidental details include a mother seated with her child and companion, and a child stealing fruit from the table. The vaulted chamber is replete with scrolls of vine painted on the ceiling and with such furnishings as a large white tile stove, an icon, and a commode. The Kremlin Terem, restored after the designs of Fyodor Solntsev (1801-1892) in 1837, served as the prototype for the interior. This box exemplifies Fedor Rückert's late style of painted filigree work in which ample use is made of decorative, filigree wire spirals and muted colors. In this work, they are predominantly dark blue, black, brown, and white.
Conservation

The box is in excellent condition. Minor tarnish and grime was removed prior to exhibition.

Date Description Narrative
10/07/2015TreatmentCleaned for exhibition
Exhibitions
  • Fabergé. The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris; Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 1993-1994.
  • Old Russian Enamels. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. 1987.
  • Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire's Legacy . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2017-2018.
Provenance Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Marks] On base in Cyrillic: KFabergé with Imperial warrant overstriking FR; [Symbols] kokoshnik right, 88, delta, circular kokoshnik; [Symbols] On rim: kokoshnik and indecipherable rectangular mark
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010

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Period
1908-1917
Medium
silver gilt, painted filigree and matte enamel
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.915
Measurements
Overall H: 1 1/2 × W: 3 11/16 × D: 2 9/16 in. (3.8 × 9.3 × 6.5 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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