Caviar bowls in silver and silver plate. All decorated with silver sturgeon except for one that is modeled as a crab. Contemporary, not antique.

Silver plate caviar serving set with six vodka glasses, the main bowl generously sized to hold ice with a small glass bowl with a silver lid nestled in the center that can hold about nine ounces of caviar, while arranged around it are six silver-rimmed shot glasses. Sturgeon decorations on the handles on both sides and at the top of the bowl cover. 21st c. Silver plate and glass. Made in Taiwan by Markys markys.com. Image © 2021 Gourmet Food Store, LLC. Fair use license. via https://www.gourmetfoodstore.com/sterling-silver-plated-caviar-server-with-6-vodka-glasses-16040
Caviar bowl in sterling silver with glass bowls with silver fish decorations. 21st c. Russian. Made in Moscow by the ORMAS group. Image © 1995-2021 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Caviar-Bowl-Salmons-925-Sterling-Silver-Faberge-Style-/392961566250
Caviar bowl with sturgeon decorations and a finial in the form of the god Neptune. 21st c. Russian. Sterling silver with glass bowls. Made in Moscow by the ORMAS group. © 1995-2021 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Caviar-Bowl-Sturgeons-And-Neptune-925-Sterling-Silver-Faberge-Style-With-Topazes-/392961566294
Caviar bowl modeled as a crab with black pearl eyes with a spoon set with amethysts in its front claws, 21st c, Russian. Sterling silver, black pearls and amethysts. Made in Moscow by the ORMAS group. © 1995-2021 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Caviar-Bowl-Crab-925-Sterling-Silver-Faberge-Style-Amethysts-And-Black-Pearls/392961566255?_trkparms=aid%3D1110002%26algo%3DSPLICE.SOI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20190711095549%26meid%3D8b82442fb7834f27a96e30cc9ef996d0%26pid%3D100047%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D392961566250%26itm%3D392961566255%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%

Letter openers from the old days. So much prettier than an email account.

Gilt-metal and agate letter opener, with a shaped blade pierced with masks and foliate motifs below a cast dragon and a tapering handle inset with agates below gilt-metal beasts. ca. 1880. Scottish. Attributed to Hamilton, Crichton and Company of Edinburgh. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/stone-ii/a-scottish-gilt-metal-and-agate-letter-opener
Silver-gilt and jeweled letter opener in the motif of a dagger in a decorative sheath. Silver-gilt mounts, teal guilloché enamel in the sheath. Large agate beads, seed pearls a turquoise color cabochon on the top of the hilt with applied scrolling decorations, engraving and tiny bits of nephrite or green glass. Antique. No marks found. Image © Aspire Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.aspireauctions.com/#!/catalog/340/1665/lot/66074
Guilloché enamel and silver letter opener. Agate blade with the horse head shaped top having pearl, ruby and gilt highlights. Before 1917. Russian. Maker’s marks: “MHI” and “88”. Image © 1986-2020 Invaluable, LLC and Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh. Fair use license. via https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/russian-guilloche-enamel-and-agate-letter-opener-139-c-0b4493d9b6#

Snow art. As in landscapes with snow. Russian. Ivan Fedorovich Choultsé, painter. Living from 1874 to 1939, many members of the Russian Imperial family owned his landscapes.

Winter morning in Engadine.” Undated. Russian. Signed “F. Choultsé” on the bottom right. Image source: Christies. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%D0%98%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BD_%D0%A4%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87_%D0%A8%D1%83%D0%BB%D1%8C%D1%86%D0%B5_-%D0%97%D0%B8%D0%BC%D0%BD%D0%B5%D0%B5%D1%83%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE_%D0%B2_%D0%AD%D0%BD%D0%B3%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B0.jpg
“Night in March.” Undated. Russian. Signed on the lower right. Image © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.amazon.com/Fedorovich-Choultse-Collection-Unframed-Reproduction/dp/B07GY327TC
Snowy landscape. Undated. Russian. Image © Ocean’s Bridge Group Ltd. Fair use license. Artwork itself in the public domain. via https://www.oceansbridge.com/shop/artists/c/ce-ci/choultse-ivan/snowy-landscape

Floral arrangements that last forever from Imperial Russia. A couple of them by Fabergé. Love the rock crystal water. All of these being part of the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and part of a Sotheby’s auction scheduled for December 2, 2020.

Jeweled two-color gold-mounted nephrite and rock crystal study of a dandelion. Formed as a single yellow dandelion seed-head with pink gold seeds terminating in rose-cut diamond and natural thread pappi on a finely textured gold stem with two nephrite leaves in a tapering faceted cylindrical rock crystal vase in a fitted leather and silk A La Vieille Russie case. ca. 1900. Russian, made in Saint Petersburg. Fabergé, maker. Apparently unmarked. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/faberge-vertu-property-from-the-brooklyn-museum-sold-to-support-museum-collections/a-faberge-jewelled-two-colour-gold-mounted
Gold-mounted moonstone, nephrite and rock crystal study of mistletoe. Formed as a sprig of mistletoe with a finely textured gold stem emanating five nephrite leaves with two clusters of moonstone berries in an elegantly flared rock crystal vase in a fitted wood, velvet and silk A La Vieille Russie case. ca. 1900. Russian, made in Saint Petersburg. Fabergé. Apparently unmarked. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/faberge-vertu-property-from-the-brooklyn-museum-sold-to-support-museum-collections/a-rare-faberge-gold-mounted-moonstone-nephrite-and
Jeweled gold-mounted rhodonite, nephrite, agate and rock crystal study of a wild strawberry, formed as a cluster of rhodonite berries on a finely textured gold stem, terminating in a blossom with rock crystal petals and a gem-set stigma, mounted with five nephrite leaves in a tapering banded agate vase inset with natural mineral crystals emulating soil. 20th c Russian. In the style of the house of Carl Fabergé. Maker’s marks: marks for Fabergé and “H.W.” on stem. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/faberge-vertu-property-from-the-brooklyn-museum-sold-to-support-museum-collections/a-jewelled-gold-mounted-rhodonite-nephrite-agate
Jeweled silver-mounted rock crystal, nephrite and guilloché enamel study of a wild rose. ca. 1912. Russian. In the style of the house of Carl Fabergé. Maker’s marks: Marked on stem with spurious marks for Feodor Afanassiev. The base with London import marks from 1912 to 1913, 925 and imported mark of Erich Kellerman. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/faberge-vertu-property-from-the-brooklyn-museum-sold-to-support-museum-collections/a-jewelled-silver-mounted-rock-crystal-nephrite

Women being dramatic and waving their arms around. Very dramatic. Karl Bryullov, artist (1799-1852). The son of an engraver, he also studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts. A key figure in transition from the Russian neoclassicism to romanticism.

Girl, gathering grapes in the vicinity of Naples.” 1827. Russian. Oil on canvas. Collections of the State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Karl_Brullov_02.jpeg
“A Dream of a Girl before Sunrise.” 1830-1833. Watercolor. Image source tamsquare.com. Collections of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Briullov,Karl-_A_Dream_of_a_Girl_Before_a_Sunrise.jpg
“The Last Day of Pompeii.” 1833. Russian. Oil on canvas. Collections of the State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Karl_Brullov_-The_Last_Day_of_Pompeii-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

People getting out and having a bit of fun. Olga Sacharoff, artist. Living from 1889 to 1967, she was a Spanish artist of Russo-Persian origin. Influenced by Henri Rousseau.

“The Newyweds.” ca. 1929. © Estate of the artist. Image © Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona. Fair use license. via https://www.museunacional.cat/en/colleccio/newlyweds/olga-sacharoff/207737-000
“A Wedding.” 1919-1923. Oil on canvas. Signed on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona. Fair use license. via https://www.museunacional.cat/en/colleccio/wedding/olga-sacharoff/071952-000
“Le Pétit Café.” 20th c. Signed in Latin on the lower right. Verso inscribed in black “Number 12 O Sacharoff” and in white “Number 40.” The stretcher inscribed with the title. © Estate of the artist. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21105/lot/41/

Watercolors of Imperial Russian rooms, all in palaces and one being the study of the tsarina. Mid 19th century. Aleksandr Hristoforovich Kolb, watercolorist. Living from around 1819 to 1887, he also served as architect of the War Ministry. Participated in academic exhibitions. All of these taken from Bonhams auction catalogs.

“Interior of the Crimson study of Empress Maria, Winter Palace>’ ca. 1869. Russian. Watercolor on paper. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26257/lot/3/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Palace interior. mid 19th c. Russian. Watercolor on paper. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26257/lot/4/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Palace interior. mid 19th c. Russian. Watercolor on paper. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26257/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Winter Palace interior. mid 19th c. Russian. Watercolor on paper. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23438/lot/1/

Portraits of the park of Gatchina Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Painted by Johann Jakob Mettenleiter who was born in Baden-Württemberg (Germany) in 1750 and died at Gatchina in 1825.

“The Menagerie in the Gatchina Palace Park.” 1792. Image source Photo: Wikipedia / Shakko. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Zoo_in_Gatchina_by_J.J.Mettenleiter(1792,_Gatchina)_by_shakko_FRAME.jpg
“Palace Park as Seen from the Gatchina Palace/” 1790s; In the public domain in the United States due to age. via https://www.meisterdrucke.uk/fine-art-prints/Johann-Jakob-Mettenleiter/776485/Palace-Park-as-Seen-from-the-Gatchina-Palace,-1790s.–.html

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?