A Russian engraved and gilt glass goblet and cover, circa 1741-62<br>probably Imperial Glassworks, St. Petersburg
Lot 275
A Russian engraved and gilt glass goblet and cover, circa 1741-62
probably Imperial Glassworks, St. Petersburg
Sold for £66,000 (US$ 111,379) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Russian engraved and gilt glass goblet and cover, circa 1741-62
probably Imperial Glassworks, St. Petersburg
the flared bowl decorated on one side with the monogram EPI within a scroll cartouche surmounted by a crown and flanked by martial trophies, the reverse with the Russian double-headed Eagle brandishing sword and orb, flanked by floral sprays, the lower section cut with arched flutes, the stem with faceted knops and baluster set on a folded conical foot, the flattened cover engraved with stylized sprays below a faceted baluster finial
height: 42.5cm (16 1/2in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    John Bell of Antermony (1691-1780), a Scottish physician who was appointed surgeon to Peter the Great in 1722
    Thence by descent (Private collection, England)

    The offered lot commemorates the reign of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna, daughter of Peter the Great, who came to the throne by means of a daring but bloodless coup in 1741. As a result of his professional standing, John Bell was moving in Imperial circles and this goblet would have been presented or acquired as a means of commemorating the Empress's long-awaited reign.

    John Bell went to Russia in 1714, and through Scottish connections was recommended to the College of Foreign Affairs in St. Petersburg, and so entered the service of Peter the Great. He is much documented and cited as a result of his observations, published as Travels from St. Petersburg in Russia to Diverse Parts of Asia, two volumes, Glasgow, 1763. In 1746, Bell married a Russian subject, Marie Peters, left the Russian service and embarked upon a career as a merchant in Turkey. He died at Antermony, aged 89, on 1st July, 1780.
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