Lot 227: An Impressive Fabergé Gem-Set Silver-Gilt And Cloisonné Enamel Punch Set Mark Of Fabergé Beneath The Imperial Warrant, Moscow, 1895–1908 Height Of The Bratina 19.7 Cm, Diameter Of The Tray 49.5 Cm.Provenance: Property Of A Lady, Christie'S, New York, 27 October 1992, Lot 35.Private Collection, Usa.Anonymous Sale, Christie'S, New York, 24 April 2009, Lot 192.Comprising Eight Charkis And A Bratina, Each Of Tapering Cylindrical Form, Enamelled With A Band Of Polychromeshaded Scrolling Foliage Inset With Hardstone Cabochons, Against A Gilt-Stippled Ground, The Raisedcircular Foot With A Matching Ornament; A Tray With Shaped Moulded Rim, With Alternating Panels Of Multicolouredshaded Scrolling Foliage Set With Hardstone Cabochons, The Centre With A Well For The Bowl, Theladle With Prolonged Handle And Kovsh-Shaped Bowl, Similarly Decorated, In The Original Fitted Wood Case. "Zzhenka" Is The Adopted Russian Name For The Popular European Drink'Punch', Which Came To The Empire From Europe And Quickly Becamea Favourite. Most Notably, It Was One Of The Souvenirs Brought To Russiafrom Paris By The Brave And Victorious Hussars, Who Quickly Turned It Intoa Fashionable And Cheerful Festive Essential.The Hussars, Traditionally Seen As Buoyant And Wealthy, Could Afford Notonly The Expensive Ingredients Such As Tea, But Also The Various Exquisitelyand Richly Decorated Accessories; Punch Bowls, Glasses And Even Wholesets, Making Them Desirable Gifts.Whereas During Wartime Punch Had Been A Warming And Invigoratingnecessity For The Hussars, Drinking It And Playing Cards In Peacetimebecame A Way To Escape The Longing For The Adventurous Past.According To The Memoirs Of Contemporaries, Famous Poets, Such Asalexander Pushkin And Mikhail Lermontov, Both The Epitome Of The 19Th Centurypensive And Daring Russian Characters, Were Great Fans Of The Fashionablenew Drink. By The1840S, It Had Almost Become A Traditional Drink. By Theend Of The Century Drinking Punch, Especially In Military Circles, Acquired Therole Of An Almost Symbolic Ceremonial And Formal Ritual Which Gave Rise Tothe Production Of Many Finely Decorated Vessels And Punch Sets.
MacDougall's Fine Art Auctions' Russian Art, Works of Art, Fabergé and Icons Auction June 2015
Wednesday, 3rd June 2015
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