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Box: M.10 & A-1964

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, circular; decorated with a view of a seige on the lid and of a dockyard on the base.

Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, circular with flat pull-off lid. The lid is nielloed with a view of a seige and the names in Cyrillic script of "Ochakov" (the stronghold, top centre) "Kinburg" (top left) "Part of the Black Sea" (top right) "Part of the Ochagoshaya Steppe" (left) "River Buh" (left) and "Berezacky" Line (right); all within a gilt border of husks. The recessed base is nielloed with an image of a dockyard and part of a city; within a gilt border of husks. The sides are nielloed with images of fortified places and the names in Cyrillic script "Vender", "Snikul", "Chesna" and "Khotuin". The interior of the box is gilt.

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Bequeathed by Arnold John Hugh Smith through the National Art Collections Fund

Place(s) associated

  • Veliki Ustiug ⪼ Russia

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1964-03-12) by Smith, Arnold John Hugh


Late 18th century
Production date: AD 1791


There is no maker's mark, but the decoration on the sides of the box is similar to that on other boxes by Ivan Zhilin

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold niello
Box And Lid Diameter 8.5 cm Height 2.0 cm

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.10 & A-1964
Primary reference Number: 150707
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 20 October 2017 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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