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c1830 Imperial Russian Silver Niello Snuff Box
  • c1830 Imperial Russian Silver Niello Snuff Box
  • c1830 Imperial Russian Silver Niello Snuff Box
  • c1830 Imperial Russian Silver Niello Snuff Box

c1830 Imperial Russian Silver Niello Snuff Box

Price:

£430.00


Product Description

A good quality early c1830 Imperial Russian silver and niello rectangular snuff box.

The box has a slight curve, in order to fit naturally in a pocket, with the contour of the body. The lid decorated in niello with the statue of Peter the Great, but altered to appear as St. George slaying the Dragon. The original statue is called the Bronze Horseman and is in St Petersburg. In order to market the work to other towns, the dragon was probably added, given that St George is the patron saint of Russia. Behind the statue are 2 buildings. The sides are decorated with niello scale-work, the base engraved with a niello work harbour scene. The box opens up to show a gilded interior, hallmarked inside the lid and base for Moscow, with the Assay Inspection mark ending in Cyrillic D and in 3. The jeweller mark is the Cyrillic OB. The case is in very good condition.

The Bronze Horseman is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great in the Senate Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The statue is now one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg. It was commissioned by Catherine the Great and created by the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet. Catherine the Great was a German princess who married into the Romanov line and was anxious to connect herself to Peter the Great, in order to gain legitimacy in the eyes of the people. It is inscribed with the phrase ‘Petro Primo Catharina Secunda MDCCLXXXII’, on the left side, in Latin and ‘Петру перьвому Екатерина вторая, лѣта 1782’ in Russian, on the right side. Both have the same meaning 'Catherine the Second to Peter the First, 1782'. The Cyrillic version is represented in the engraving of the box. Very collectable piece.

Size: 7.5 x 4.7 x 1.8 cm (3 x 1 13/16 x ¾ inches)
Weight: 81 g

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