Item of the Week: Russian Cloisonné Enamel Gilt Silver Dish

Brooke Friedman

Feast your eyes on this breathtaking Russian cloisonné enamel dish. With its intricate design and fabulous bright colors, this dish will stop you in your tracks. Cloisonné is an ancient method for decorating metalwork objects. The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering or adhering silver or gold wires or thin strips placed on their edges. The artisans who worked in cloisonné were considered jewelers in late Imperial Russia.  This dish is marked Feodor Rückert, a Fabergé workmaster from Moscow (1896-1903). Sitting center stage is a Siren- the mythical bird of paradise, surrounded by alternating motifs of jewel toned peacocks and multi-colored flowers. With silver gilt scalloped edges leading to more beautiful flowers, this dish is simply over-the-top opulence.

This piece will be offered in our upcoming August 1-3 auction, along with many other stunning Russian enamel pieces. Russian Cloisonne dish2

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Chinese Seals

When you look at a painting or piece of calligraphy made in China you of course find the red seal markings on them, it may be only one or even a dozen. But little is truly known about the Chinese seals to the common art historian or collector. In an art history course one might […]

July 7, 2015

Complimentary Consignment Days In DC

Please join us at our DC location for a Complimentary Consignment Day! Our experts will be available to look at your items and answer any questions. We can’t wait to see you there! For further questions or private appointments please email auctions@alexcooper.com  

May 9, 2016