Art/ Collection/ Art Object


ca. 1800
Russian, Moscow
Silver gilt, niello, verre églomisé
5/8 × 2 3/8 in. (1.6 × 6 cm)
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Martin, 1938
Accession Number:
38.145.20a, b
Not on view
The portrait is of Czar Paul I (d. 1801), and the box is reputedly one of a series designed by his widow, Maria Feodorovna, showing portraits of various members of the imperial family.
Inscription: In gold, on cover below portrait: П I • trans.: P[aul] I]

Marking: [1] I.M. (probably maker's mark)
[2] St. George and dragon (Moscow mark, possibly 1790–1801)
[3] 84 (Russian guarantee mark since XVIII century indicating standard of 84 zolotnik, silver)
[4] weevil (French mark for silver imported from countries with customs conventions, from 1893)

Location of marks:
[1], [2] inside cover
[3] inside cover and inside box
[4] stamped twice on rim of box
[ A La Vieille Russie , Paris, until 1924; sold for $60.52 to Martin ] ; Mary Martin (1924–38; bequeathed to MMA)
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