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20th C. Russian Gilt Silver w/ Enamel Spoon Set (6)

Eastern Europe, Soviet Union, ca. mid-20th century CE. A group of six matched gilt silver spoons with cloisonne enamel on the flattened, rounded handles. The cloisons form swirling, seashell-like patterns against an apple-green background. Each spoon has tiny stamped makers' marks and assay marks. Size: 5.75" L x 1.1" W (14.6 cm x 2.8 cm)

From the mid-19th century to the early 20th, Russian art of all kinds experienced a renaissance that is known as the Silver Age. Russian artisans were inspired by the Gothic, the Moresque, Chinoiserie, the Baroque, the Rococo… all ornate styles, replete with scrolling vines and flourishing arches. They combined this with the bright colors and rich ornament of Old Russian applied art to create a unique style. During the Communist period, the artistic endeavors of the past were not as highly valued by the state, but craftsmen continued to produce some beautiful items, like these spoons.

Condition: Slight tarnish/wear to gilt surfaces.

Provenance: Ex-collection of James Farmer, Maryland, USA, collected from major galleries and auction houses between 1995 and 2005

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