Coconuts mounted in silver to drink from that will add a bit of panache to your next dinner party. From that point in time when coconuts were new and exotic. Not thinking anyone would pair them with sterling silver nowadays.

Silver mounted coconut cup with a circular base resting on four turtles, with dolphins and shells. Stem shaped as a siren on a dolphin holding shells and the coconut shell body shaped as a fish. Spout cast as a monkey’s head and a finial shaped like Neptune. 1607. Dutch, made in Amsterdam. Silver and coconut shell. Frederiks Andries, silversmith. Maker’s marks: Maker’s mark of Frederiks Andries. Image © Koopman Rare Art, London. Fair use license. via https://www.koopman.art/objdetail/834021/0/an-exceptional-dutch-silver-mounted
Silver mounted coconut cup and cover. Oval shaped coconut bowl with strap mounts engraved with foliage and geometric motifs, the coconut carved with four portraits depicting Emperor Peter I, Empress Elizaveta Petrovna, Grand Duchess Anna Leopoldovna and Duke Anthony Ulrich of Brunswick. The cover being similarly decorated and surmounted by a pine cone finial. Domed spreading circular foot engraved in Russian with the inscription “Wine gladdens man’s heart“. Gilt interior. 1799. Made in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Silver, coconut and gilding. Maker’s marks: marked on the foot. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020, Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-silver-mounted-coconut-cup-and-cover-st-5953017-details.aspx

Plain coconut bowl with three silver straps supporting the rim with a band of engraved foliage. Plain domed foot with a baluster stem. Engraved with the initial “H” over “GM.” Probably 17th c. Not marked. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-silver-mounted-coconut-cup-apparently-unmarked-probably-17th-5520652-details.aspx

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 https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/11443/2121150?

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 https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/11443/2121152?

Silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel from Imperial Russia. Nicholai Zverev, silverworker. Contemporary with Fabergé. Zverev was one of the many who worked in the last days of the Russian Empire when there was a very large demand for such pieces, both in Russia and abroad.

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Silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel sugar bowl and cream jug, painted with polychrome shaded foliage on stippled grounds. Turquoise handles and dot borders. Bases are engraved with the Cyrillic initials “TR” and dated 1911. ca. 1911. Made in Moscow. Nicholas Zverev, maker. 84 standard. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2010/russian-works-of-art-faberg-and-icons-l10113/lot.501.html?locale=en

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Gilded silver and shaded enamel sugar basket, enameled with birds amongst colorful foliage on a gilded silver ground. Swing handle. ca. 1910. Made in Moscow. Nicholai Zverev, maker. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2006/russian-art-n08182/lot.338.html?locale=en

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Two silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel cigarette cases and a match box case, each decorated in shaded enamel with birds, scrolls and flowers on matte ground within turquoise blue dot borders. ca. 1908. Made in Moscow. Nicholai Zverev, maker. Makers marks: Each stamped with workmaster’s initials, one cigarette case and the match box case 84 standard, the other case 91 standard. London import marks for 1908, retailed by Blumenthal Brothers in London. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2005/russian-pictures-works-of-art-and-icons-w05722/lot.305.html?locale=en

Porcelain plates with Soviet propaganda decoration. Soviet/Russian. Mikhail Adamovich, designer. Living from 1884 to 1947, he studied at the Stroganov School of Art and Industrial Design in Moscow. Won a medal at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs held in Paris in 1925.

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“Hail the Red Army, 1918-1923.” ca. 1923. Propaganda porcelain plate after a design by Mikhail Adamovich. Private collection. Image courtesy of the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative. Image ©2020 The World from PRX. Fair use license. via https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-11-13/how-russian-revolution-changed-lives-jewish-artists

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Soviet propaganda tea cup and saucer. 1920-1927. Maker’s marks: blue state porcelain factory mark of hammer, sickle and cog. Image © 2020 – WorthPoint Corporation. Fair use license. via https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-russian-soviet-propaganda-1920647492

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Soviet propaganda plate with the margin decorated with stars and inscribed “Long Live the Red Army” in Cyrillic. Created for the fifth anniversary of the Red Army. 1923. White porcelain with polychrome glaze and green overglaze. After a design by Mikhail Adamovich. Makers marks: Mark for the Petersburg Royal Porcelain Factory period of Nikolai II, 1911. Mark for the Red Leningrad Porcelain Factory and signed on the base with the designer’s name. Image © 2020 Bidsquare Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.bidsquare.com/online-auctions/shapiro/an-avant-garde-style-soviet-porcelain-propaganda-plate-after-mikhail-adamovich-russian-1884-1947-1016041

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&

Russian women drinking tea and eating watermelon. No way that can’t have been fun. Boris Kustodiev, Russian/Soviet artist. Living from 1878 to 1927, he also worked in stage design. Studied under Ilya Repin at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg.

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“A Merchant’s Wife’s Teatime.” 1918. Oil on canvas. Collections of the State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 80 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kustodiev_Merchants_Wife.jpg

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“The Merchant’s Wife Drinking Tea.” 1923. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum, Nizhniy Novgorod. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 80 years. via https://arthive.com/boriskustodiev/works/16296~The_merchants_wife_drinking_tea

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“The Merchant’s Wife at Tea.” 1920. Oil on canvas. Private collection. Image via wikiart.org. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 80 years ago. via https://www.wikiart.org/en/boris-kustodiev/the-merchant-s-wife-at-tea-1920

More interiors in glorious detail, painted by Alexander Serebryakov who was also a decorator. Living from 1907 to 1995, he was born in Russia but worked in Paris, France after fleeing there with his family in 1918. He was a grand nephew of Alexandre Benois who did much design work for the Ballets Russes.

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“Le bureau de Robert de Balkany, Place Vendôme.” 1975. Watercolor, gouache, and pencil and ink on paper. Signed and dated on the lower left “A. SEREBRIAKOFF 1975”. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/lot.745.html/2016/robert-de-balkany-rue-de-varenne-paris-pf1661

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“The blue living room, Rue de Varenne.” 1978. Watercolor, gouache, pencil and ink on paper. Signed and dated “A. SEREBRIAKOFF 1978” on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/robert-de-balkany-rue-de-varenne-paris-pf1661/lot.741.html

The main Hall, Château de Groussay. 1942. Watercolor.
The main Hall, Château de Groussay. 1942. Watercolor. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://parisdiarybylaure.com/the-mythical-chateau-de-groussay-is-revisited-by-alexandre-serebriakoff/

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Billiards room. ca. 1940s. Watercolor. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://parisdiarybylaure.com/the-mythical-chateau-de-groussay-is-revisited-by-alexandre-serebriakoff/

Watercolors of Saint Petersburg by Russian watercolorist Vasily Sadovnikov. Living from 1800 to 1879, (1800-1879), he was a leading Russian master of perspective painting. Painted many interiors too.

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“Palace Square, Saint Petersburg.” 1830s. Russian. Watercolor and grottage on paper. Collections of the the Pushkin Fine Art Museum. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PalaceSquare-Sadovnikov.jpg

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“The Mariinsky Palace.” 19th c. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.flickr.com/photos/amber-tree/30284826772/

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“Court Departure at the Main Entrance of the Great Palace.” 1852. Image via wikigallery.org. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_163340/Vasili-Semenovich-Sadovnikov/Court-Departure-at-the-Main-Entrance-of-the-Great-Palace%2C-1852

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“View of the Palace square and the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg.” 19th c. Image © Arthive, 2020. Fair use license. via https://arthive.com/artists/1921~Vasily_Semenovich_Sadovnikov/works/28806~View_of_the_Palace_square_and_the_Winter_Palace_in_St_Petersburg

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“View of the Anichkov Palace from the Fontanka River.” 1838. Source: communitylivejournal.com. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fontanka_anichkov_1838.jpg

Soviet design, enameled porcelain designed by Zinaida Kobyletskaya (1880–1957) in collaboration with the State Porcelain Factory.

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Pitcher and lid. 1920-1925. Russian/Soviet. Enameled porcelain. Image © Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York. Fair use license. via https://www.design-is-fine.org/post/186231683879/zinaida-viktorovna-kobyletskaya

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Covered cream jug with a yellow ground decorated with a red star and green hammer and sickle. ca. 1921. Russian/Soviet. Auctioned by Sotheby’s in 2006. Image courtesy Sotheby’s. Image © https://russianauctions.ru/. Fair use license. via https://russianauctions.ru/lot/15328/

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Sugar bowl and lid. 1920-1925. Enameled porcelain. Russian/Soviet. Image © Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York. Fair use license. via https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18633167/

Russia just a little while back with the land stretching out to reach the sky. Konstantin Kryzhitsky, painter (1858-1911). Also taught drawing.

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“Forest Vista.” 1886. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Konstantin_Kryzhitsky_LesnyeDali.jpg

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“Early Morning in the Fields.” 1897. In the public domain due to age. via http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-sad-fate-of-konstantin-kryzhitsky.html

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“The Lake.” 1896. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Konstantin_Kryzhitsky_Ozero_1896.jpg

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“Sunset.” 1887. Oil on canvas. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/konstantin-yakovlevich-kryzhitsky/sunset-hCq3EhHjcgCHPrFq3BbUEg2