Russian Silver Enamel tea caddy by Maria Semenova

Russian Silver Enamel tea caddy by Maria Semenova




This square caddy has a domed top. Its overall decoration is in painted filigree enamel over a stippled gilt surface. On the front and obverse faces, two confronting cockerels are separated by stil moderne patterns of vines and leaves. The birds have blue backs, reddish wings, and creamy yellow breasts and stand erect. The other sides are decorated with profusions of multi-colored blossoms, predominantly in reddish orange and variations of blue, green, and yellow. Centered in the lid is a highly imaginative peacock placed within a circle. Rows of raised circles in turquoise enamel outline the contours of the caddy throughout.
Circa 1900. 4″ high.