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A RARE AND LARGE SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ, GUILLOCHÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL CASKET
A RARE AND LARGE SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ, GUILLOCHÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL CASKET
A RARE AND LARGE SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ, GUILLOCHÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL CASKET
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A RARE AND LARGE SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ, GUILLOCHÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL CASKET
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE SWISS COLLECTION
A RARE AND LARGE SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ, GUILLOCHÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL CASKET

MARKED K. FABERGÉ WITH IMPERIAL WARRANT, OVERSTRIKING THE MARK OF FEODOR RÜCKERT, MOSCOW, 1908-1917, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 35709

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A RARE AND LARGE SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ, GUILLOCHÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL CASKET MARKED K. FABERGÉ WITH IMPERIAL WARRANT, OVERSTRIKING THE MARK OF FEODOR RÜCKERT, MOSCOW, 1908-1917, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 35709 Rectangular, the hinged cover centring an en plein enamel panel depicting a view of the Moscow Kremlin, within a border of cloisonné enamelled geometric motifs on green and blue grounds, the body similarly enamelled with stylised mushrooms and flowerheads, the inside cover with a guilloché enamelled panel in translucent blue over engraved flowerheads, with swing handles and a hinged clasp at front, on four ball feet, interior gilt, marked under base, also with French import mark 5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) wide, with handles
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Drouot, Paris, 28 March 1984, lot 135.
Acquired at the above sale by the father of the present owner.
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The celebrated craftsman Feodor Rückert was renowned for reviving traditional Russian style in enamelling. Whilst having a unique individual style, his works are reminiscent of Russian medieval and folk art which was very popular among wealthy Moscow merchants who traditionally had a more Slavic taste, and were often commissioned by Fabergé.

Recognising the quality and workmanship of Feodor Rückert's creations, the Fabergé firm retailed his works often overstriking Rückert's mark with its own. This collaboration was very successful and led to appreciation not just from the Russian clients, but also Fabergé’s foreign customers who enjoyed Rückert’s fine craftsmanship and high artistic quality. A comparable enamelled box with the view of Moscow Kremlin, currently part of the Royal Collection, was purchased by Grand Duchess Marie, Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and presented to King George V in 1920 (C. de Guitaut, Royal Fabergé, London, 2011, pp. 150-151, no. 182).

For his works in the neo-Russian style, Rückert turned to sources of national folk art and ancient Russian patterns. Some of his works, including the present casket, demonstrate the influence of the Abramtsevo and Talashkino workshops. The stylised mushrooms and flowers on this casket resemble Russian folk motifs and capture the charm of old Russia.

It is extremely rare to find Rückert's objects decorated on the reverse of the en plein enamelled scene with an old Russian design. The inside cover of the present casket is counter-enamelled in translucent blue over engraved foliate motifs, which sets it apart from other comparable caskets.

The impressive size and rare subject matter make this casket an exceptional example. Only a very small number of Rückert’s works decorated with a view of Kremlin are known. A comparable box is in the collection of the Fabergé Museum, St Petersburg (V. Voronchenko et. al., Fabergé Treasures of Imperial Russia, Fabergé Museum, St Petersburg, 2017, p. 266). Another comparable casket with an almost identical view of the Moscow Kremlin was sold at Sotheby’s, London, 26 November 2019, lot 404. For another similarly designed but smaller casket, see A. von Solodkoff, Russian Gold and Silver, London, 1981, no. 69.

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