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Box: M.11 & A-1964

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Zhilin, Ivan (Possibly)




Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, circular; decorated with a map of St. Petersburg, inscription and engraving of Falconet's monument of Peter the Great

Silver, parcel-gilt and niello. Circular with flat pull-off lid. The lid is nielloed with a map of St. Petersburg within a gilt border of husks. The recessed base is nielloed with an image of Flaconet's monument of Peter the Great, surrounded by a Cyrillic inscription, which is the key to the map on the lid, and within a gilt border of husks. The sides are reeded, and 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


Late 18th century
Production date: AD 1794


Ivan Zhilin was born in 1750, made master in 1770, and died circa 1812

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of applying niello gilt
Box And Lid Diameter 8.8 cm Height 1.8 cm

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: '1794' over A.T

  • Location: On the inside of the lid
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Date and assay master's mark

Inscription present: a standing figure in profile

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.11 & A-1964
Primary reference Number: 166526
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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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