Description The entire exterior of this hen-shaped kovsh is enameled in both abstract and schematized floral patterns in painted, opaque filigree enamel. In the lower portion, they include oval and boteh-shaped blossoms in pink and purple over a creamy white ground. Above, the more abstract decoration is in turquoise, olive green, and black enamel. Lavish use is made of patterns of strands of filigree wire terminating in raised silver gilt pellets. Encircling the bottom of the kovsh, just above the foot, there are two rows of wire spirals, one against a blue ground and the other over an olive green ground.
Provenance Sale, Sotheby's New York, October 22, 2002; Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C., October 26, 2002, by purchase [Leo Kaplan, New York, as agent]; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Marks] On base in Cyrillic: Ovchinnikov; [Symbols] kokoshnik left, 84, IL (for Ivan Lebedkin, Moscow assay master)
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
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