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Box: M.14 & A-1964

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Zhilin, Ivan




Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, circular; the lid nielloed with views of St. Petersburg and the River Neva round a gilt portrait medallion of Catherine the Great.

Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, circular with flat pull-off lid. The lid is nielloed with views of St. Petersburg and the River Neva. Round the outer edge is the inscription in Cyrillic "Triumph of Peace 8 September 1790". An inner inscription reads "River Neva" Set in the centre is a large gilt portrait medallion of Catherine the Great, on the reverse of which is a laurel wreath and spray of laurels and the date 1790. The base of the box is divided into seven segments radiating from a central circular cartouche containing the initials "PAJ" or "PAT"; round the outer edge is a Cyrillic inscription. Each segment contains a view of a sea battle. The sides of the box are divided into four panels each containing a scene of a sea battle. The sides of the lid are inscribed with the names and dates of the battles. The interior of the box 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 1806

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of gilt niello
Box And Lid Diameter 13.6 cm Height 3.8 cm
To Top Of Medallion Height 4 cm
Portrait Medallion

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ЇЖ
  • Location: On the inside of the lid and base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: 'A.T' over '1806'

  • Location: On the inside of the lid and base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Assay master's mark and date
  • Text: 84
  • Location: On the inside of the lid and base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Standard mark

Inscription present: a standing figure in profile

  • Location: On the inside of the lid
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Town mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.14 & A-1964
Primary reference Number: 166522
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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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