Tableware fit for a tsarina whenever she comes to visit. Russian. Late 19th century. All grand.

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Serving spoon with a curved shape, decorated with a floral motif in partitioned polychrome enamel. Engraved “HBE.” Before 1896. Made in Moscow. Makers marks: Hallmark 88, Moscow, before 1896. Goldsmith hallmark for André Kuzmichoff and inventory number: 3348. Antip Kuzmichoff, goldsmith (active 1856-1897). Image © Etude Coutau-Begarie and lotsearch.de. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.de/lot/cuillere-de-service-a-the-en-vermeil-par-kuzmichoff-moscou-avant-1896-49847491?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnewsletter&page=4
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11 teaspoons, decorated in a beaded floral motif in polychrome enamel with partially enameled handles. Before 1896. Made in Moscow, Russia. Makers marks: Hallmark 88, Moscow, before 1896. Vermeil and polychrome enamel. Goldsmith’s hallmark for Antip Kuzmichoff (active 1856-1897). Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie. Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/89099/8700436?npp=20&offset=300&
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Four dessert forks, decorated with a floral motif i partitioned polychrome enamel on a matte gold with partially enameled flat handles. Made before 1896 in Moscow. Vermeil, polychrome enamel and gold. Makers marks: Hallmark “84”, Moscow, before 1896. Goldsmith’s hallmark for Ivan Saltikoff (active 1884-1897). Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie. Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/89099/8700440?npp=20&offset=300&

How to dress up your table so you can do your best to live up to it. So much more fun than the other way around. Some little silver trinkets made in Paris by French firm Paul Canaux Et Cie, all of these dating to around 1900.

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Sugar or jam bowl. ca. 1890-1900. Egyptian Revival. Cobalt blue Baccarat crystal with sterling silver mounts. The cover having a laurel wreath grip. Makers marks: Minerva 1st title and punch of goldsmith of Paul Canaux et Cie. Image © GSLR Antiques and proantic. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/display.php?mode=obj&id=567852
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Bonbon service set, comprising, from left to right, a bonbons or candy spoon, sugar tongs, candied fruit fork, and strawberry spoon. The pieces being etched with a beautiful Rocaille floral scroll and seashell design. ca. 1900. Sterling silver and vermeil with the tines and spoon bowl covered in gold. Hallmark for Minerva 1-1st title – 1838 -1911 – Paris. Maker’s marks: ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Paul CANAUX & Cie. It shows a P and a C followed by cie, with an Anvil underneath. Image © 2020 SILVER ART BY D & R. Fair use license. via http://www.silverartbydandr.com/product/lovely-antique-french-silver-bonbons-service-set-by-p-canaux/
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Cruet set comprised of a silver mustard pot and three silver salt cellars, the silver with designs of roses, palm foliage, and grapes. 1892-1911. Sterling silver with cobalt blue glass liners. Image © Robert Massart 2010 and the Association of small collectors of antique silver – ASCAS. Fair use license. via http://www.ascasonline.org/articoloAGOST133.html

Pill boxes that look like acorns. More fun than pill boxes that look like pills.

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Acorn pill box. ca. 1968. American. Gold. Designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany and Company. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/objets-dart-vertu/boxes-cases/vintage-jean-schlumberger-tiffany-co-gold-acorn-pill-box/id-j_4608701/
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Acorn pill box. ca. 1960s. American. Sterling silver. Tiffany and Company, maker. Image © 2020 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/listing/763172009/rare-vintage-tiffany-co-sterling-silver?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_a-jewelry-jewelry_storage-jewelry_boxes&utm_custom1=150ca2d4-47a9-423a-acb7-001684f41875&utm_content=go_1730730691_70459597871_337632334055_pla-318956357942_c__763172009&utm_custom2=1730730691&gclid=CjwKCAjw1cX0BRBmEiwAy9tKHmxidhkBTMgWFD2pwS5Y7nrGTak7OZGCoELI9253G3icF1iBe2ReaxoCqy0QAvD_BwE
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Acorn pill or pendant box. Contemporary. American. Buckeye burl with a betelnut cap that screws on. Elvio Design, maker. Image © 2020 Elvio Design. Fair use license. via https://elviodesign.com/collections/all-items/products/lv-5004-buckeye-burl-betelnut-acorn-pill-box-pendant-box-screw-cap

Ecclesiastical gold and silver. French, made in Paris. Gothic Revival. Placide Poussielgue-Rusand, goldsmith (1824-1889).

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Chalice. 19th c. Gothic Revival. French. Gilded silver, filigree and enamel with garnets. Makers mark of “PPR”. Image © Luzar Vestments. Fair use license. via http://www.luzarvestments.co.uk/Poussielgue-Rusand_Chalice_6439.htm
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Pyx. ca. 1850. French. Silver gilt, enamelled and gem-set. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Fair use license. via http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O94999/pyx-and-case-poussielgue-rusand/
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Pyx. 19th c. Engraved silver gilt. Image © 2020 Antiques de Laval. Fair use license. via https://www.antiques-delaval.com/en/items-sold/2157-ciborium-with-silver-gilt-collar-and-punches-goldsmith-poussielgue-rusand-nineteenth.html
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Châsse. 19th c. Gold. ca. 1850. Image © Patrimoine et Inventaire d’Aquitaine. Fair use license. via http://inventaire.aquitaine.fr/decouvertes-de-laquitaine/landes/orfevrerie-des-eglises-des-landes/lage-dor-de-lorfevrerie-religieuse-dans-la-seconde-moitie-du-xixe-siecle/

Renaissance Revival, our theme for this week’s public (free) series post. Starting in the 1880s it was popularized by Stanford White and other architects. This week’s post. Link below.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/34901772 Enjoy! Five images not just the one.

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Ring showing two lions supporting the center column of a bezel set green beryl, further enhanced with polychromatic enamel. ca. 1868. Renaissance Revival. French. Gold with green beryl and enamel. Maker not known. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020 . Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/amp/jewelry/rings/fashion-rings/antique-french-renaissance-revival-enamel-gold-ring/id-j_2404113/

Russian silver gilt vertu made in Moscow but from long long before they got rid of the tsars. Early 19th century. Ivan Zaitsev, master silverworker.

Sugar bowl with lid. 1816.
Sugar bowl with lid. 1816. Neoclassical. Russian, made in Moscow. Silver with a gilt lid. Ivan Zaitsev, maker. Image © 2008-2020 Bukowski Auktioner AB. Fair use license. via https://www.bukowskis.com/en/auctions/F186/lots/910450-a-russian-silver-sugar-bowl-with-lid-moscow-1816-ivan-zaitsev
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Tabernacle (darokhranitelnitsa) with a pavilion like structure with classical columns hung with garlands of roses and supporting a dome chased with bunches of grapes supporting a crucifix. and an ark engraved with the Entombment that contains a miniature spoon, chalice and flacon. 1808. Neoclassical. Russian. Parcel-gilt. 84 standard. Ivan Zaitsev, Moscow, maker. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2015/collections-silver-vertu-russian-art-n09409/lot.162.html?locale=en
Meat dish. 1823.
Oval meat dish with the center engraved with the crowned initial of Emperor Nicholas I, the border inscribed in Russian “Pereslavl Zalessky 1823 August 23” and engraved with the coats of arms of Pereslavl-Zalessky and Vladimir. Rim chased with leaves. 1823. Russian. Silver-gilt. Maker’s mark of “IZ” marked on the border possibly for Ivan Zaitsev Moscow. Belonged to Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich (1861-1929). Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-silver-gilt-meat-dish-cyrillic-makers-mark-5322020-details.aspx

Novelty pepperettes for your next dinner party to make your guests think they are dining with Queen Alexandra. Mostly Edwardian. All amusing.

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Set of four novelty pepperettes, each formed as a putto holding a ball above his head over a stepped base. 1916. British, made in Birmingham. George V silver. Stokes & Ireland, maker. Image © Copyright Toovey’s 2017-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.tooveys.com/lots/418424/a-set-of-four-george-v-silver-novelty-pepperettes
Four pepperettes in the motif of poppy heads with a detachable cover. 1891.
Four pepperettes in the motif of poppy heads with a detachable cover. 1891. Victorian. Made in London. Parcel-gilt silver. Mark of Edward Hutton. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-set-of-four-victorian-parcel-gilt-silver-5083748-details.aspx
Three novelty pepperettes, two modeled as bananas and the third as an ear of corn. 20th c. Gilt with the ear of corn set with stones.
Three novelty pepperettes, two modeled as bananas and the third as an ear of corn. 20th c. Gilt with the ear of corn set with stones. Apparently unmarked. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/three-various-novelty-pepperettes-apparently-unmarked-20th-5370153-details.aspx

Carvings in ivory from back in the 17th century when that was fine. Some with rhinoceros horn. Georg Pfründt, maker (1603-1663). One piece by one of his followers.

Ceremonial vessel. 1750-1775.
Ceremonial vessel. 1750-1775. Made in Augsburg, Germany. Rhinoceros horn, ivory, emeralds, gold plated silver and enamel. Made by Georg Pfründt. Image © KHM-Museumsverband, Wissenschaftliche Anstalt öffentlichen Rechts. Fair use license. via https://www.khm.at/en/objectdb/detail/89696/?offset=6&lv=list
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Nef. 17th c. South German. Ivory. Also known as the “Rothschild Nef,” because it was in their collections for many years. Attributed to Georg Pfründt. Image source: Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2016/12/20/34711869.html
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Cup. ca. 1675. Made in Augsburg, Germany. Rhinoceros horn, ivory, silver-gilt, and silver. Johann Mathias Scheppich, maker (1652-1705), Scheppich having been a follower of Georg Pfründt. Image © 2013 – 2018 Museumkijker.nl. Fair use license. via https://www.museumkijker.nl/indomania-brussel-rembrandt-beatles-iedereen-vrij/

Note: I am comfortable using these in my blog post because they were carved 400 years ago. They could be narwhal, elephant, or walrus ivory. It does not specify.

Vases by George Paulding Farnham, chief designer for Tiffany & Company from 1885 to 1907. Art Nouveau. American.

"Ptarmigan" vase. 1900-1905.
“Ptarmigan” vase. 1901-1903. The body created from layers of fused copper and silver, sterling silver bird and coat of arms in gold. Photo © NGC. Image © National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Fair use license. via https://www.gallerieswest.ca/news/whistler%E2%80%99s-audain-art-museum-to-showcase-historic-ptarmigan-/
Vase. ca. 1901. Silver and enamel.
Vase. ca. 1901. Silver and enamel. Image ©2019 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/tiffany-co/vase-by-george-paulding-farnham-eLk3-2H4IZVa61SQDZ-YJg2
Adams vase.
Adams vase designed to resemble a cotton plant, a commission made for Edward Dean Adams, chairman of the board of the American Cotton Oil Company. 1893-95. Gold, tourmaline, quartz, spessartite, rock crystal, amethyst, fresh water pearl, and enamel. Image © 2000–2019 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/35
Vase. ca. 1900. Exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle
Vase, designed to celebrate Native American art with “corncob” handles among other elements. ca. 1900. Exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. Hand-raised silver body ornamented with amazonite,bluish opal and freshwater pearl embedded in the handles. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Image © Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://antiquesjournal.com/index.php/2019/05/14/show-and-tell-5/
Loving cup. 1897.
Loving cup. 1897. Silver, copper, niello, and horn. Attributed to Paulding Farnham. Chasing attributed to Eugene Soligny. Collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Photo credit: Daderot. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Loving_Cup_by_Tiffany_Co.,_Paulding_Farnham_attrib_designer,_Eugene_Soligny_attrib_chaser,_1897,_silver,_copper,_niello,_horn_-_Cincinnati_Art_Museum_-_DSC04483.JPG

Table fountains in silver and gilt to impress your future in-laws when they come to lunch. Taking care of making sure the wine is mixed with water, you will never be rude. Or you could fill it with cologne.

Table fountain. 1638–1641. Partly gilded silver.
Table fountain. 1638–1641. Partly gilded silver. Made in Augsburg, Bavaria (Germany). Melchior Gelb, silverworker. Image © MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. Fair use license. via https://www.mak.at/en/metal_study_collection?media_id=1342703966017&menu-id=1343388632778
"The Alhambra" table fountain. 1852-53.
“The Alhambra” table fountain, in the motif of a domed Moorish temple sheltering a fountain, with three Arab horses led by two Moors sitting on a hummock covered in small palm trees and figures of animals. Commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1851. English. Silver, parcel gilt and enamel. Modeled by Edward Lorenzo Percy and Edmund Cotterill. Image © Royal Collection Trust. Fair use license. via https://www.rct.uk/collection/1569/the-alhambra-table-fountain
Table fountain. ca. 1320-40. Made in Paris, France.
Table fountain. ca. 1320-40. Made in Paris, France. Gilt-silver and translucent enamels. Artist not known. Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cc0 License 1.0. via https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1924.859