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Bird-shaped Kovsh
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Bird-shaped Kovsh

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Description The Danish-born, Empress Maria Feodorovna, wife of Alexander III, presented this kovsh to a Danish medical doctor, Jens Schou. This vessel resembles a duck with its stylized, angular tail serving as the handle. The decoration is composed of tendrils and fruit in pastel colors over a cream ground. Cabochon amethysts serve both for the bird's eyes and as additional decoration on the handle.
  • Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire's Legacy . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2017-2018.
Provenance Empress Maria Feodorovna [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Dr. Jens Schou, February 2, 1910, by gift; Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Marks] In Cyrillic with Imperial warrant: POvchinnikov, kokoshnik right, delta, 84, circular kokoshnik; [Inscription] Engraved in Danish: Fra Kejserinde Maria Feodorowna til professor, dr. med, Jens Schou 2 Febr 1910
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010

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silver gilding, painted filigree enamel, amethysts
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Overall H: 4 9/16 × W: 6 3/8 × D: 2 15/16 in. (11.6 × 16.2 × 7.4 cm)
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