Description The cup is encircled by three bands of decoration: plique-à-jour flowers and leaves raised over a stippled gilt ground; translucent red enamel over a zigzag guilloché ground; and opaque painted filigree blossoms and scrolls in light green, white, dark green, blue, and translucent red over a stippled gilt ground. The handle is decorated with geometric motifs in opaque enamel raised over a silver gilt ground. A cup-shaped, silver gilt thumb piece is attached to the top of the handle. The saucer's decoration includes bands of plique-à-jour and translucent red enamel over a guilloché ground identical to those on the cup. Raised, opaque filigree enamel is used for the central motif: a rosette in translucent red, blue and green enamel encircled by a band of foliate scrolls in white, deep green, and blue enamel. The porcelain liner by the Brothers Korniloff is rimmed in gilt. The Khalili Collection includes a very similar demitasse set produced by the 11th Artel (Rus070).
Provenance Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Mark] On base of demitasse: 11A.; [Symbols] kokoshnik right, delta, 84; [inscribed indecipherable numerals or letters]; [Mark] On inside rim of saucer: 11A.; [Symbols] kokoshnik right, delta, 84 (obscured), [inscribed marks identical to those on cup]; [Mark] Painted label on porcelain liner: Brothers Kornikoff with Imperial warrant
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
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