Russian Silver champlevé enamel Tea Caddy by Khlebnikov

Russian Silver Enamel tea caddy by Khlebnikov

The tea caddy is decorated with fanciful chinoiserie figures in painted, champlevé enamel. On the sliding lid, a man smokes an opium pipe while playing dice with a pair of companions. Two pseudo-Chinese characters, slightly resembling the Chinese word for tea, are inscribed in blue on the upper corners. An enthroned imperial figure wearing a robe embroidered with phoenixes, as well as two more pseudo-Chinese characters, appear on the caddy’s front face. On the reverse, a figure holds a banner inscribed with the Russian surname “Fuchamskiy.” Above, appears the word “Chai” (Tea) and below, “Dushistiy” (Aromatic). Each end shows a single figure: one dancing while grasping a bottle and goblet, and the the other playing a mandolin.
1873. champlevé enamel.
H: 4 3/8 x W: 6 5/8 x D: 4 5/8 in. (11.1 x 16.8 x 11.8 cm)