A cloisonné enamel case by Carl Fabergé.

Silver gilt, cloisonné enamel and sapphire


A cloisonné enamelled silver gilt case with a painted enamel scene depicting the painting ‘The Bogatyrs’ by Victor Vasnetsov on its lid, the border of the scene and reverse enamelled with elaborate Slavic motifs in hues of cream, green, brown, blue and red, the push piece a large oval cabochon blue sapphire.

Workmaster Feodor Rückert for Fabergé,
Moscow, 1908-1917,
inventory number: 37890.

10.5cm by 7.5cm by 1.6 cm.

During the late nineteenth century, artistic movements evolved in Russia celebrating the nation’s cultural heritage. Colonies of artists working in Abramtsevo and Talashkino sought to recapture the craftsmanship and spirit of Pre-Petrine Russia. Fabergé’s Moscow workshops embraced this style and depicted in silver and enamels an idyllic world distilled from Slavic folklore and history.

The Bogatyrs, created 1881 – 1898, is held in The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.