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Box: M.13-1964

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Zhilin, Ivan




Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, rectangular with cut corners, decorated with vignettes of a man in a landscape, and a ship approaching the shore

Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, rectangular with cut corners and integral hinge. The flat cover is nielloed with a vignette of a man leaning on an anchor looking out to sea. In the centre of the anchor is an oval cartouche containing the initals "AI". The vignette is surrounded by a nielloed pattern of stars on stripes within a gilt bright-cut border. The base and sides are similarly decorated, but the vignette on the base depicts a ship approaching the shore with a town in the background; the two long sides have vignettes of flowers. The interior is gilt.

Legal notes

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


Early 19th Century
Production date: AD 1805

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold niello
Box And Lid Height 1.7 cm Length 8.9 cm Width 4.6 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 84
  • Location: Inside the lid and on the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Standard mark

Inscription present: "A.T." over "1805"

  • Location: Inside the lid and on the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Assay master's mark and date
  • Text: ЇЖ
  • Location: Inside the lid and on the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: a standing figure in profile

  • Location: Inside the lid and on the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Town mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.13-1964
Primary reference Number: 150710
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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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