8 June 2011
MAKER'S MARK OF EGOR CHERYATOV IN CYRILLIC, MOSCOW, BEGINNING OF THE 20TH CENTURY, 84 STANDARD.
Diameter 48 cm.
Provenance: Private collection, UK.
Circular, carved of oak, silver-mount depicting St. George slaying the dragon and views of an old city, enamelled en plein with sunset sky, embellished with rocaille scroll borders set with cabochon gem stones and crowned by an empty cartouche, with ink inventory numbers 39238, 83750 and 83700 on the reverse.
The Russian style found its most brilliant expression in the jeweller’s art of the late 19th – early 20th centuries. Among the decorative objects produced at that time, the chargers used in the traditional Russian ceremony of offering bread and salt, were made in great numbers and deserve attention.
One example is a chased silver and polychrome enamel charger presented to the Tsar by the City of Kiev society and shown at the 1873 Vienna International Exhibition. Another charger from the Urals, with chased decorative scenes, enamel and stones (displayed in the State Historical Museum) was commissioned by the nobility of Nizhny Novgorod for the third centenary of the House of Romanov in 1913.
Our charger, manufactured at the famous workshop of Egor Kuzmich Cheryatov, was probably intended for presentation to senior officials in Moscow. Mounted on an oak base, the scene is executed in chased silver and depicts an epic warrior slaying a dragon by the walls of an old Russian city. The sky above the warrior and citadel is painted in enamels. It may be assumed that the warrior is the legendary St George the Victorious and the city is Moscow. On the silver border, there is a blank space for the donor’s inscription. The special quali- ties of this charger are its stylish and decorative expression in the language of Art Nouveau.
Notes on symbols:
* Indicates 5% Import Duty Charge applies.
Ω Indicates 20% Import Duty Charge applies.
§ Indicates Artist's Resale Right applies.
† Indicates Standard VAT scheme applies, and the rate of 20% VAT will be charged on both hammer price and premium.