Description The swan's head and neck are rendered in red and green gold with exceptional attention being given to the delineation of the feathers and their veins. Its tail, which serves as the handle for this thinly carved nephrite kovsh, is also in gold and is reeded and wrapped around a Russian five-ruble coin bearing the likeness of Nicholas II. The inscription on its face reads in Cyrillic: His Imperial Majesty Nicholas Emperor, Autocrat of Russia, By the Grace of God and on its reverse, in Cyrillic: Five Rubles 1898. Although the insertion of coins into the surfaces of silver vessels can be traced to the 17th century, if not earlier, Fabergé has elaborated on the practice by applying a bright strawberry red, en plein enamel to the background of the image.
- Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire's Legacy . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2017-2018.
Provenance Sir Charles Clore Sale, Sotheby's, London, October 28, 1985, Lot 183; Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C., 1985, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Marks] 72, MP; [Translation of inscription] His Imperial Majesty Nicholas II Emperor, Autocrat of Russia, by the Grace of God 1898
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
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