A silver-gilt and enamel easter egg Khlebnikov, Moscow 1908-1917

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Lot 154
A silver-gilt and enamel easter egg
Khlebnikov, Moscow 1908-1917

Sold for £ 25,000 (US$ 31,635) inc. premium
Various Properties
A silver-gilt and enamel easter egg
Khlebnikov, Moscow 1908-1917
ovoid, the hinged surface enamelled with scrolling floral ornament in russet, blue and green tones against cream ground, framing central ogee reserve depicting St. George slaying a dragon in raised wirework filled with matte shaded enamel in the Art Nouveau taste, the reverse enriched with meandering blossom delineated by raised wirework enclosing shaded enamel cells further highlighted by pellet, dash and trellis motifs, the hinged floral and pellet border opening to reveal gilt interior; in associated fitted case, 88 standard
height: 9.9cm (3 7/8in.)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Acquired in the UK from a private collector

    Представленное пасхальное яйцо является редким примером цветной матовой эмали в стиле модерн с изображением покровителя Москвы.

    This rare example of a figural scene displays sophisticated enamelling techniques within raised wirework cells that are layed flat rather than twisted as is usually associated with cloisonné work. The delineation of the central image, the treatment of the subject's face and the soft, mottled colours employed throughout place the egg circa 1910 in the 'styl' moderne.'

    For an almost identical egg in the collection of Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington D.C., see Anne Odom, Russian enamels: Kievan Rus to Fabergé, The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 1996, p. 142, ill. 143. She notes the ogee shaped cartouche framing the horseman recalls the relief pediment designed by Victor Vasnetsov for the Tretiakov Gallery.
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A silver-gilt and enamel easter egg Khlebnikov, Moscow 1908-1917
A silver-gilt and enamel easter egg Khlebnikov, Moscow 1908-1917
A silver-gilt and enamel easter egg Khlebnikov, Moscow 1908-1917
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