Description The shape of this "stil moderne" kovsh is suggestive of a horse, or hippocamp, emerging from the waves with its head, neck, and scrolling "feet" constituting the handle. The creature is enameled in painted pastel colors against an opaque grayish white background. The bowl is covered with patterns of opaque, filigree scrolls denoting the frothy waves raised over a stippled gilt ground. Liberal use is made of swirls, triangular shapes, and circles, some of which are in translucent red foiled enamel. Two gilt spheres terminate the kovsh's prow.
- 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: Khlebnikov with Imperial warrant; kokoshnik right, delta, 88
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
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