A silver-gilt presentation cup and coverKhlebnikov with Imperial warrant, Moscow, circa 1899-1908

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Lot 89
A silver-gilt presentation cup and cover
Khlebnikov with Imperial warrant, Moscow, circa 1899-1908

Sold for £ 18,750 (US$ 23,404) inc. premium
VARIOUS PROPERTIES
A silver-gilt presentation cup and cover
Khlebnikov with Imperial warrant, Moscow, circa 1899-1908
richly ornamented with repoussé and chased with fantastical beasts, musicians and battle scenes against strap work, the main body tapering to stem enriched with "c" scrolls, raised upon circular foot engraved: копия серебряного позолоченного кубка казны царя Федора Иoaнновича 1596 года [sic] [copy of the gilded silver cup treasury of Tsar Feodor Ioannovich 1596 year]", the cover enriched with mythological themes, putti and masks, the rim inscribed Herrn A. Dellschaft zum andenken an langjähriger Freundschaft der Gesellschaft W. Wissotzky & Co. Moskau 15 Marz 1862-L-1912 [For Mr A. Dellschaft in commemoration of longstanding friendship W. Wissotsky & Co. Moscow 15 March 1862-L-1912] capped by a Roman hallebardier holding a shield inscribed Capitulum Lundense 15*96; gilt interior, 84 standard
height: 70cm ( 27 9/16 in).

Footnotes

  • This standing cup in the Renaissance taste draws its inspiration from German models. According to the inscription on the underside, it is a copy of a 1596 silver-gilt cup in the treasury of Tsar Feodor Ivanovich.

    The covered cup was reproduced in Feodor Solntsev's famous publication Drevnosti rossiiskogo gosudarstva [Antiquities of the Russian State] 1849-1853 in volume 5, plates 19-20. This monumental edition was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas I to document domestic, clerical and royal treasures. It quickly became a source of inspiration for 19th century silversmiths who replicated the published designs for prestigious firms.

    As purveyors to the Imperial family, Khlebnikov was commissioned to supply official gifts to accompany Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich (later Nicholas II) on his extended foreign travels 1890-1891. An identical covered cup and fitted case was purchased by the Imperial Cabinet in 1890 for 5415 roubles (РГИА, ф. 468, оп. 7, д. 414). Archival research reveals that the cup was presented on 5 May 1891 to the Satsuma Prince Shimazu during the Grand Duke's tour of Japan. This would have been one of the last official engagements on the voyage as it was suddenly cut short when an attempt was made on Nicholas' life and he was recalled home by Alexander III.

    The proposed lot is a later version of that Imperial commission and appears to have been gifted to Mr A. Dellschaft marking the Wissotsky firm's esteem over the course of fifty years. The Wissotzky Tea Company was founded in 1849 in Moscow and expanded in 1904 to Germany, France, America and Canada. In 1907 Wissotzky launched Anglo-Asiatic Trading Company in London which was the epicentre of the tea trade. Before the revolution of 1917, this global tea company was probably the largest of its kind. Following Soviet nationalization, the firm moved abroad opening branches in Italy, Poland and continues to flourish today in Israel.

    The presentation inscription in German suits the style of the object which may have been chosen with the recipient's nationality in mind. An Adolphus Dellschaft of Hamburg is registered as a tea merchant with a London address in an 1881 census. While it is not clear whether he had direct links with the firm, his son Adolf served as secretary of the Anglo-Asiatic Trading Company Ltd and changed his name by deed poll in 1915 to Delafield.


    Представленный вариант кубка был вопроизведен с оригинала 1596 года из казны царя Федора Иоановича, опубликованного в историческом альбоме Ф.Г. Солнцева Древности Российского Государства, 1849-1853, альбом 5, №19-20. Фирма Хлебникова вопроизвела настоящий презентационный кубок с крышкой для Цесаревича Николая Александровича, который преподнес его в дар правителю земель Сацума князю Симадзу во время своего визита в Японию в 1891 году.
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A silver-gilt presentation cup and coverKhlebnikov with Imperial warrant, Moscow, circa 1899-1908
A silver-gilt presentation cup and coverKhlebnikov with Imperial warrant, Moscow, circa 1899-1908
A silver-gilt presentation cup and coverKhlebnikov with Imperial warrant, Moscow, circa 1899-1908
A silver-gilt presentation cup and coverKhlebnikov with Imperial warrant, Moscow, circa 1899-1908
A silver-gilt presentation cup and coverKhlebnikov with Imperial warrant, Moscow, circa 1899-1908
A silver-gilt presentation cup and coverKhlebnikov with Imperial warrant, Moscow, circa 1899-1908
A silver-gilt presentation cup and coverKhlebnikov with Imperial warrant, Moscow, circa 1899-1908
A silver-gilt presentation cup and coverKhlebnikov with Imperial warrant, Moscow, circa 1899-1908
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