Partial silverware service, Yussupov service, (49 items)
Lot 194*
A group of silver flatware from Yusupov's Scandinavian servicemarked by Alex. Gueyton, Paris, c. 1860, with import marks for St. Petersburg (1875-1900)
Sold for £15,000 (US$ 23,472) inc. premium

Lot Details
Partial silverware service, Yussupov service, (49 items)
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, CALIFORNIA
A group of silver flatware from Yusupov's Scandinavian service
marked by Alex. Gueyton, Paris, c. 1860, with import marks for St. Petersburg (1875-1900)
comprising 13 knives, 12 dinner forks, 12 salad forks, 12 soup spoons, handles decorated with interlace pattern and coat-of arms of Yusupov family, 91 standard
length of dinner fork: 21cm (8 1/4in). (49)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Prince Nikolai Yusupov and Princess Tatiana Yusupov, née de Ribaupiere
    Their daughter, Princess Zinaida Yusupov and her husband Count Felix Sumarokov-Elston
    Nationalized by the Soviet State in 1925, and de-accessioned shortly after
    Purchased by an American businessman at Torgsin in Moscow on August 18, 1931 for 93 rubles
    Thence by descent in the family

    Prince Nikolai Yusupov (1827-1891), an adviser at the Russian Embassy in Paris, commissioned the well-known silversmith Alex Gueyton to create an elaborate service decorated with Russian medieval ornaments and the insignia of Yusupov Princely family for his grand palace in St. Petersburg. The extensive service was later known as the 'Scandinavian service', a misnomer as the decorations mostly derived from the Russian medieval manuscripts and vernacular sources. Later it was probably moved to the Moscow house where Princess Zinaida Yusupov and her husband Count Felix Sumarokov-Elston were living. After the October Revolution the service and other family treasures were hidden there by the family. In 1925, Yusupov's treasuries were discovered by the Soviet authorities, and the service quickly was designated to be sold for foreign currency. Part of the extensive service was sold through Torgsin stores created to sell nationalized treasures to foreigners directly, and part of the service was sold by the Soviets at auctions in the West in the late 1920-early 1930s. This particular group was acquired by an American businessman during his trip to Moscow in 1931.
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