Description A winter landscape is depicted in which elk are grazing on a haystack surrounded by a pine forest. The box is otherwise decorated in filigree enamel in the colors blue, red, green and brown. The patterns of the geometric motifs, which are predominantly triangular, appear abstract although the moon and stars shining through the fir trees are discernible near the top of the lid. As is characteristic of Rückert's wares, the colors in the painted landscape harmonize with those in the geometric decoration. Clasps and handles are suggested by the filigree and shaded enamel designs on the four sides of the box. Not only does the silver gilt filigree separate the fields of color, but it also serves as an independent decorative element.
Provenance Sale, Sotheby's, Geneva, November 21, 1991, Lot 348; purchased by Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C.. 1991; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 2010.
Inscriptions [Symbols] kokoshnik right, v, 88; [Mark] In Cyrillic: I Marshak; [Symbol] circular kokoshnik
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
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