Description This coffee pot is equipped with a hinged lid and a silver gilt insert. Around its body there are four arabesque fields, each occupied by a symmetrical arrangement of multi-colored Usolsk-type blossoms over a pinkish white ground. These fields are set against a green background, which is also decorated with floral and leaf motifs. The foot, likewise, has vegetative designs over blue and green backgrounds. On the vessel's neck, large Usolsk-type blossoms alternate with blue, yellowish white and palmette shapes outlined in black. These have been enriched with raised gilt dots. As frequently occurs on Rückert's wares, a disparate note is struck by the coloring of the lid. The lower section has vegetative patterns over a blue ground whereas the domed portion is decorated with spirals over a pink and red surface. The finial is in the form of a bud. Mother-of-pearl insulator rings have been inserted beneath the finial and at both ends of the handle.
Provenance Acquired by Leo Kaplan, New York; purchased by Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C., December 12 1975; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 2010.
Inscriptions [Maker's mark] On base in Cyrillic: FR; [Symbols] kokoshnik left, 84, IL (for Ivan Lebedkin, Moscow assay master); [Mark] Inside lid in Cyrillic: FR; [Symbol] circular kokoshnik left
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
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