Description Within a cartouche on the front face of the kovsh is a scene painted in matte enamel portraying an older boyarina counseling a younger woman who is seated on a bench. The women's' lavish costumes and jewelry as well as the brocaded fabric on the background wall are indicative of their social status. Although the nature of the subject is in keeping with Konstantin Makovskii's matrimonial paintings, the actual source for this composition has not been identified. The sides of the kovsh are decorated with Rückert's characteristic motifs: triangles, spirals, trees, and abstract circular blossoms in his late muted colors: grayish blue, green, white and brown. The handle's angular shape may have been inspired by an early wooden kovsh. Its decoration adheres to the same color schemes and patterns used in the bowl although handle's upper and lower edges are executed in raised filigree enamel over a stippled gilt ground.
Provenance Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Maker's marks] On base in Cyrillic: K. Fabergé with Imperial warrant; [Symbols] kokoshnik right, 88, delta (almost illegible); [Inventory number] 32530
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
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