World Treasures: Important Russian, Asian, European & American Works
November 19th & 20th, 2013
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LOT 11
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Lot 11
AN IMPRESSIVE AND INTERESTING RUSSIAN SILVERED TWO HANDLED PUNCH BOWL, PERIOD OF NICHOLAS I, CIRCA 1830-1855.  Resting on a raised oval plateau, the border decorated with applied scallops and foliage, the impressive bowl with scalloped rim, carved ivory mounted scroll handles and the domed base with floral swags and rope edging. Both sides of the body adorned with the Old Style Imperial Eagle emblazoned with the cipher of Tsar Nicholas I and beneath a scroll inscribed in Cyrillic identifying the maker as Expert Silver-Plater N. Poltavtsev, the center of plateau also with similar applied Imperial Eagle. Greatest width 19.2 inches (48.5 cm) and height 13 inches (33 cm).
Estimate:  $3,000 - 5,000  
Price Realized: $3,750.00

Nicholas Danilov Poltavtsev was a noted Moscow master metalsmith, silver-plater and restorer who worked in the Great Kremlin Palace between 1838-1850. He carried out imperial commissions working closely with architects F.F. Richter and N.I. Chichagov at which time he appears to have received the Imperial Warrant. He died in 1865.

The offered lot was acquired by U.S. Ambassador Laurence Adolf Steinhardt while serving as Ambassador the USSR (1939-1941). It is pictured (at left) holding flowers beneath his portrait at the Ambassador’s memorial service following his sudden death in a plane crash in March of 1950.

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