Johan Henrik Blom (Finnish, master 1766, died 1805)
After a painting by Pietro Rotari (Italian, Verona 1707–1762 St. Petersburg)
Russian, Saint Petersburg
Silver, parcel gilt, enamel, wood
Height: 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Rogers Fund, 1947
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551
The service (47.51.1–.5) is thought to have been given by Empress Catherine II to Count Pyotr Rumiantsev, governor of the Ukraine and leader of the victorious Russian forces in the war with Turkey (1768–74). Enamel portraits on the utensils depict the imperial line from Peter the Great to Catherine II to her son, later Paul I. Facing are: Catherine II on the coffeepot, the empress Elizabeth on the teapot, the empress Anna on the bowl, Peter III on the cream jug, and Catherine I on the sugar-box lid. The shape and decoration recall silver utensils made in northern Germany, especially Berlin. German silver was highly esteemed in Russia, where a large German artistic community had influenced the transmission of Western forms since the time of Peter the Great. The goldsmith, born in Vyborg at the Gulf of Finland, might also have spent time in northern Germany during his journey years.
[Wolfram Koeppe, 2003]
Marking:  Monogram IHB, in rectangle (maker's mark);  a kedge and anchor in saltire, with date 1773, in shield (St. Petersburg mark and date);  E B (in English alphabet reads E B) in rectangle (mark of assayer, Ergraf Borovshtikov);  76, in rectangles (quality mark).
Location of marks: Outside on bottom;  outside insetting rim of cover.
Mr. Mouravieff-Apostol (in 1935) ; [ A La Vieille Russie , until 1947; sold to MMA ]