Salt thrones in silver, silver-gilt and champlevé enamel. Created in Imperial Russia, various silverworkers.

Silver-gilt shaped salt throne in shaped circular form with a double hinged cover enameled with a geometric pattern in red, white, blue and green. The sided applied with rectangular plaques, enameled with gryphons and an openwork centerpiece decorated with a gryphon on both sides on a red ground. Raised on four bracket feet. 1877. Made in Moscow, Russia. A. M. Postnikov partnership. Maker’s marks: The hinged covers and underside struck with the maker’s mark, 91 standard. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via
Silver and champlevé enamel salt throne, the seat with opaque and translucent polychrome enamel geometric motifs. The front inscribed “Without salt and bread, it is half a dinner,” and the lid with the arms of Ekaterinoslav and Kharkov. The back inscribed with the arms of Voronezh and Rostov flanked by roosters and the interior of the lid inscribed “To His Excellence Samuel Solomonovich Polyakov from the grateful members of the Kozlovo-Voronezhsko-Rostovskaya and Kursko-Kharkovo-Azovskaya railways .” 1879. Russian. Marked Khlebnikov with the Imperial Warrant, Moscow. 88 standard. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via
Silver-gilt and champlevé enamel salt throne of traditional form on four bun feet, the trapezoidal body cast and chased with geometric and pan-Slavic design. The hinged cover draped with a trompe l’oeil napkin with the border finely cast and chased in the form of a traditional izba with pan-Slavic design enameled in red, blue, and turquoise and centering a vacant escutcheon within a cast and chased ribbon-tied laurel wreath. Maker’s marks: Cyrillic “MA” Moscow, 1891. Marked throughout, also with a Soviet mark. Inage © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via

Cigarette, cigar and vesta (matchsafe) cases in silver and other precious materials created in Imperial Russia by Andrei Bragin, a silverworker who had a workshop in Saint Petersburg.

Vesta case in silver with geometric enamel decoration in red, white, green, dark blue, and turquoise. Engraved with Cyrillic initials on the disc-shaped reverse. ca. 1880. Russian. Andrei Bragin, silverworker. Maker’s marks: mark of Andrei Bragin, Saint Petersburg. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via

Rectangular jeweled two color gold presentation cigarette case with rounded corners and a cabochon sapphire thumbpiece. The cover centering an Imperial double-headed eagle. The interior being engraved “From H.I.M. The Czar of Russia August 1909” an with a later inscription “Presented to Captain H. G. Adams-Connor, Chief Constable, Isle of Wight, and left by him to his grandson, Lionel Eldred Peter Smith-Gordon./1939.” , Fitted brown leather case stamped in Russian and French “A. D. Ivanov in Saint Petersburg.” 1909. Russian. Andrei Bragin, silverworker. Maker’s marks for Andrei Bragin, Saint Petersburg. Marked inside the cover and base. Image © Christie’s 2021, Fair use license. via
Silver gilt and enamel cigar case. 1890s. Russian. Andrei Bragin, silverworker. Maker’s marks: Cyrillic initials A. B. of Andrei Bragin. Assay mark of Saint Petersburg. before 1899. Silver standard: 88 zolotnik. Image © 2021 Ruzhnikov. Fair use license. via

Pieces in wonderful enameled colors. Guttorm Gagnes of Norway, designer. Gagnes designed for David Andersen from 1927 to 1952 and then did freelance design work.

Vase. 1923-1935. Norwegian. Enameled silver. ID#NMK.2005.0488, Cc0 License 4.0. Collections of the Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo. via
Spoon. 20th c. Norwegian. Gold-plated silver with guilloche and mirror enamel. ID# NMK.2014.0430. Designed by Gagnes for David Andersen. Cc0 Licence 4.0. via

Arts Déco vases in enamel over copper. All of these designed by Camille Fauré for Limoge.

Vase with raised polychrome enameled geometric decorations on metal. ca. 1925-1935. French. Limoge, maker. Maker’s marks: signed “C. Fauré Limoge” in gold above the stand. Image © 2020 Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG. Fair use license. via

Pear-shaped vase copper vase with polychrome and gilt enamel with flaming decoration. Undated. French. Limoge, maker. Maker’s marks: Signed Limoge on the rim. Image © Fair use license. via
“Ocean Waves” copper vase decorated with waves of enamel in blue, green, and pink. ca. 1925. Arts Déco. French. Limoge, maker. Maker’s marks: signed “C. Fauré Limoge France.” Image ©, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via

Toothpick cases in gold and enamel to carry your toothpicks in when you go out to dinner. So much nicer than picking your teeth with a knife. All of these from the 18th century, more or less.

Rectangular toothpick case with cut corners, the lid painted en-plein with a staghunt, probably by Jean-Louis Richter. Taille d’épargne lozenge border set with rose diamonds and the sides and base enameled in translucent blue over striped engine-turning. Red leather case. ca. 1800. Made in Geneva, Switzerland. Gold, jewels and enamel. Maker’s marks: unmarked apart from French hibou control. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via
Toothpick case in an unusual shape with a lid painted en-plein with a view of a river and the bottom and borders enameled in opaque black and pale blue. ca. 1800. Probably made in Hanau, Germany. Gold and enamel. Maker’s marks: “GW” between two cartwheels. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via

Toothpick case with a rectangular narrow box with rounded ends. Cover, sides, and base set with panels of translucent lime-green enamel on an engine turned ground stamped at intervals with pellets, within white enamel bead and chevron borders. The interior of the cover set with a mirror, 1780-1781.Louis XVI. Made in Paris, France. Gold and enamel. The flange engraved “Du Petit Dunkerke.” Joseph Etienne Blerzy maker (fl. 1768-1808). Maker’s marks: charge and discharge marks of Henri Clavel for 1780-1782. Struck with inventory number 974. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via

Egyptian Revival neckwear. From different points in the 20th century but all fun. Egyptian Revival is one of the ones that never really goes away.

Scarab motif pendant necklace modeled as a pair of mirrored stylized lotus leaves, their stems intertwining underneath, sandwiching a scarab enameled in shades of blue, ochre, and green. Suspended on two short lengths of chain from a pair of side attachments embellished with plique-à-jour enamel. Early 1900s. Possibly German. Jugendstil with an Egyptian Revival flavor. Clearly marked on the back with a dragonfly. Image © 2016 Nouveau Deco Arts. Fair use license. via
Egyptian Revival pendant modeled as a seated pharaoh. 1960s. American. Kenneth J. Lane, maker. Maker’s marks: © mark for Kenneth Lane on the reverse. © 2020 Poshmark, Inc. Fair use license. via
Pendant modeled as the god Horus with a figure in the center. ca. 1920. Art déco. Enamel. Maker not known. Image © 2020 – WorthPoint Corporation. Fair use license. via

Sealing wax cases or etui so pretty you will be glad you have to write another thank you note. French. Various goldworkers, all amazingly talented. Most of these by Nicolas Durier who flourished between 1758 and 1788.

Gold sealing wax case or etui, decorated with garlands of flowers and filleted flutes. 1780-1782. Made in Paris. Nicolas Durier, maker (fl. 1758-1788). Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via
Two etui or sealing wax cases. The first in gold and enamel, striped in opaque and translucent orange, white and blue with chased and enameled bead and garland borders and a base inset with blank matrix. 1787. Alexis Profitt. Maker’s marks: charge and discharge marks of Henri Clavel, Paris. 1787. The second in three color gold, scattered with mullets on a reeded ground within corded borders and later converted into a lipstick holder. 18th c before 1788. Made in Paris. Maker’s marks: original maker’s mark of Nicolas Durier (fl. 1758-1788). Charge and discharge marks of Henri Clavel, later French maker’s mark and control marks. Serial number: 01133. French. Image Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via

Gold and enamel sealing wax case or etui. Slightly tapering  étui-à-cire of oval section and a cover and base enameled with a design of black-edged red stars on a salmon-beige translucent ground over horizontal reeding and framed by fluted bands. Cap being similarly enameled and topped by a chased and enameled green and white foliage rosette, the borders banded in the same color on a sablé ground with a blank matrix. 1781-1782. Made in Paris, Fran e. Maker’s marks: Marked for Nicolas Durier (fl. 1758-1788). First charge and discharge marks of Henri Clavel for 1780-1782. Later struck with two Parisian post-1838 restricted warranty marks for gold. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via
Gold and enamel needle case/etui, enameled in translucent blue and decorated with paillon fleurs-de-lis, bound by enameled leafy borders. ca. 1786. Louis XVI. Nicolas Durier, maker. Maker’s marks: Charge and export discharge marks for Henri Clavel. Image source: Sothebys. Image © 2020 Sothebys and 1986-2020 Invaluable, LLC. Fair use license. via,-nicolas-276-c-182d45a41c

Cranes created in China and rendered in cloisonné enamel. All of these coming in pairs. Better that way for one might be lonely. 18th to 20th century.

Pair of cloisonné enamel cranes, each with a long slender neck elegantly curved in an “S” with their red crested heads raised upward with slightly agape beaks with slender intricately detailed bodies in yellow, black, and white enamel overlapping plumage and straight legs resting on an oval rockwork base. 18th c. Qing Dynasty, Chinese. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via
Pair of cloisonné enamel cranes, modelled as a pair of cranes with curved necks standing on a rockwork based surrounded by cresting waves. The smaller crane looking backward towards the larger one, grasping a double peach spring in its long pointed beak, the chest with an apocryphal four-character Qianlong mark 2. 20th c. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via

Pair of cloisonné enamel cranes, each standing on a rocky base, with a pricket candle holder in the form of a prunus branch held in their beaks. 19th-20th c. Chinese. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via

Russian silver. More selections from old auction catalogs from Paris auction house Coutau-Bégarie.

Two teaspoons in vermeil decorated with an open pique motif with partially twisted handles decorated with a polychrome cloisonné enamel tip. Before 1899. Made in Moscow, Russia. Maker’s marks: illegible goldsmith’s mark. Title hallmark: 84, Moscow, before 1899. Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie. Fair use license. via

Vermeil spoon, decorated with an entirely open plique motif. Before 1899. Russian. Maker’s marks: Goldsmith hallmark not legible. Title hallmark: 84, Moscow, before 1899. Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie. Fair use license. via

Bric a brac to put out around the house that you’ll have to do your best to live up to. Maybe it’s impossible. The bric a brac has won. Leopold Weininger, goldsmith. Living from 1854 to 1922, Weininger was listed in the Branchenverzeichnis der Meisterlisten als Spezialist, as a specialist for enameled pieces imitating the antique, starting in 1909. He worked in Vienna, Austria but his pieces were sold to customers all over Europe.

Silver gilt and painted enamel nef, the cup and cover formed as a three-masted galleon, the hull, base and sails painted with Neptune and sea nymphs enclosed within arabesques, with the deck inhabited with enamel sailors and hippocamps, surmounted by armorial pennants and supported by a handsome melusine. ca. 1890. Austrian. Silver-gilt and enamel. Makers mark and Austrian control mark. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Faif use license. via

Silver-gilt and enamel standing clock, set within an enamel case with classical scenes mounted by three enameled and gilt figures, resting upon enameled and gilt figural grouping of tribal warriors standing on the heads of intertwined fish, rising from enamel base on four winged feet. Back cover of the clock case opens to reveal a mechanism labeled Colling. ca. 1883-1900. Makers marks: marked “JW” on Diana’s head within the hexagon. Imaged by Heritage Auctions, Image © 2020 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via

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Rock crystal drinking horn with jeweled silver-gilt and enamel mounts, the domed head crowned by an enameled figure of a hunter holding an associated turquoise-set hat pin. Silver-gilt bands applied with pierced vignettes of chased and colourfully enameled equestrians hunting bears and stags, divided by scrolls set with emeralds within red enamel petals, terminating in a dragon’s tail in green and white enamel, supported by a rearing stag on a similarly decorated domed foot. Made after 1872. Rock crystal, silver-gilt and enamel. Makers marks: Maker’s mark and post-1872 Vienna standard mark. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via