Silver-gilt and niello tulip-shaped covered cup with a cast S scroll grotesque handle and stepped circular pedestal base; low-domed, wide-rimmed cover has a cast flower knop or finial. A military figure on horseback, facing left with name or title in cyrillic below, is depicted in a circular reserve on front of body; rest of body and cover are filled with scrolls, foliage and flowers on a snakeskin ground. Gilt washed interior. Body and cover are by the same maker, but have different assay marks. Inside of cover is struck with four marks: "AK" in raised Cyrillic script in a rectangle, "A•K / 1848(?)" in a rectangle, "84" in a clipped-corner rectangle, and St. George slaying the dragon in a clipped-corner rectangle. Cup has three marks on front below rim, "AK", "84" and St. George, and three marks on underside of base, "84", "Н•д / 1839(?)" in raised Cyrillic in a rectangle, and "AK".

Piece made in Moscow, but maker not identified. Cover assayed by Andrey Antonovich Kovalsky (assayer, 1821-1856), and cup by Nicolai Dubrovin (assayer, 1822-1855).

Date Cup Made: 1839Date Cover Made: 1848

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Russia: Moskva, Moscow

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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. W. Murray Grace

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.68.0603Catalog Number: 68.0603Accession Number: 202470

Object Name: cup

Physical Description: silver (overall material)gold (gilt wash material)niello (decoration material)Measurements: overall: 5 7/8 in x 5 1/2 in x 3 5/8 in; 14.9225 cm x 13.97 cm x 9.2075 cm


Record Id: nmah_300957

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