Description This vessel was produced in St. Petersburg in Julius A. Rappoport's independent workshop, which served as Fabergé's major supplier of silver wares in that city. The shop was located on the Ekatariniski Canal in St. Petersburg. The interior of the kovsh has been left plain whereas its exterior and the top of its handle are en plein enameled in ruby red over a guilloché silver surface. Nicholas II's monogram, enclosed within silver vine and strapwork, has been applied to the prow end of the kovsh. The upper surface of the handle has similar decoration. A large, circular, creamy orange stone and three smaller, whitish green triangular stones are set in the face of the handle.
Provenance Leo Kaplan Ltd., New York; purchased by Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C., March 17 1972; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 2010.
Inscriptions [Marks] On base in Cyrillic: Fabergé, IR; [Symbols] Crossed anchors and scepter of St. Petersburg; [Marks] On handle: 88, crossed anchors and scepter
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
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