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Description The kovsh is lobed within its interior and around the exterior extends a six-part arcade supported by colonettes. On one side, under the central arch, the cracked Tsar Bell on the Kremlin grounds is painted en grisaille and, on the reverse, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is depicted with the Great Stone Bridge in the foreground and the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in the distance. On the prow and handle ends, two smaller arched ovals are decorated with Usolsk-type blossoms over a white field. Three cabochon amethysts and one citrine have been set on the prow and two citrines are applied near the handle. There is only one amethyst on the handle. A distinctive feature is the handle marbleized green, blue, white and orange patterns is this kovsh's most distinctive feature.

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Date Description Narrative
  • 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: ...kov; [Symbols] kokoshnik left, 84, IL (Ivan Lebedkin, Moscow assay master)
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010

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silver gilding, painted filigree enamel, yellow and purple cabochon stones
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Overall H: 2 3/16 × W: 4 9/16 × D: 2 3/4 in. (5.6 × 11.6 × 7 cm)
  • Russia, Moscow (Place of Origin)
  • Russia, Moscow, Tsar Bell (Place Depicted)
  • Russia, Moscow, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (Place Depicted)
  • Russia, Moscow, Great Stone Bridge (Place Depicted)
  • Russia, Moscow, Ivan the Great Bell Tower (Place Depicted)
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