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TANKARD

Made by: Master Ia. Ia.

On view in: Icon Room


About this object

There are three rococo cartouches on the tankard done in the rococo manner with shell motifs, leaves and fruit, enlivened by punched work on strie. In the center of the cartouche on the front is a bust of Empress Elizabeth I (Elizaveta Petrovna) in gilt repoussé. One on the right contains a picture of a man in a wig wearing laurel wreath, probably the nephew and heir of Elizabeth and the future Peter III (born 1762). One on the left has a picture of a nude boy reclining on his back with arms stratched out and legs crossed. He is reclining under a tree on what looks like a medow hill. The ball and claw feet of the tankard are silver and gilt; the claws are in silver and the balls are gilded. The handle is a scroll in gilt. The lid of the tankard has one cartouche set with a silver gilt commemorative medal celebrating the end of Russo-Swedish War of 1741-1743. On the front of the medal is bust size profile portrait of Elizabeth I surrounded with inscription. On the back is a Russian Imperial eagle enclosed within a wreath held by two hands extended from a clouds above. Underneath the wreath are two shields: one with two lions, another is possibly with Russian eagle. Ribbon with an inscription is spread under the wreath. In the lower half of the medal is a landscape with a bridge across a river identified by name. Two more inscriptions: one is on the bottom, another is around the perimeter of the medal.

Category:
silverwork
Object name:
TANKARD
Made from:
Silver parcel gilt
Made in:
RUSSIA: Moscow
Date made:
1751
Size:
17 x 16.5 cm (6 11/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
12.17
Class:
SILVER
Signature marks:
MARK bottom: St. George and the Dragon for Moscow and the date 1751; AK in Cyrillic for Kuz'min Anisim (Moscow essayer in 1741-1752); Ya. Ya in Cyrillic for unknown master in mid. 18th century; all the marks are repeated on the rim of the lid inscription front of the medal: in Cyrillic " B.M Elizaveta I Imperatritsa i Samoderzh. Vseross." (By the will of God Elizabeth I Empress and Ruler of All Russia); On the back of the medal: ribbon: in Cyrillic "Krepchaishim soyuzom" (By the strongest alliance); river identified as "Reka Kimes" (Kimes River); on the bottom of the medal: "Siya est' granitsa mezh obeikh gosudarstv" ( This is a border between two states); inscription around the medal : in Cyrillic "V Pamyat' zaklyuchennogo s Shvetsieyu vechnogo mira v Babove 1743 godu Avg.7 dnya" ( In commemoration of a long-lasting peace treaty with Sweden signed in Babov 7 Aug. 1743)
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973