RUSSIAN SILVER-MOUNTED CUT-GLASS INKWELL
1st Kiev Artel, Kiev, 1908-1917
The square green marble stand centering a detachable cut-glass inkwell, top of the heavy glass well cut with leaf and star pattern,
the hinged cover cast and chased most likely as a seated figure of Nestor the Chronicler,
the marble stand applied with a plaque inscribed in Russian:
“To our dear comrade-in-arms Aleksei Efimovich Vandam in fond memory of joint combat service 1914-1915”,
with further signatures and signed “Galicia 32.”
Marked 1st Kiev Artel in Cyrillic and 84 Russian silver standard,
impressed inventory number 269
Width 9 1/4 in. (23,5 cm), height 7 3/4 in. (19,7 cm), 4 3/4, 6 1/2
A few small chips to the upper corners of the cut-glass well, light wear and a few scattered very minor chips to the upper edge of the marble stand (almost unnoticeable). Good overall condition.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, New York, 9 June 1997, lot 243
1. Aleksei Efimovich Vandam (born Edrikhin, 1867-1933) eventually achieved the rank of Major General (1917); during his military career he published a number of works advocating Russian expansion, particularly in the south. The subject of the inkwell, selected by his fellow officers, was apt for the prolific writer.
2. The First Kiev Artel was founded in 1900 and produced a wide variety of silver vessels as well as decorations. The quality of its work is indicated in part by the fact that Fabergé’s Kiev branch hired away several artel members between 1905 and 1910.
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