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Artist:
Niello scenes after a print entitled Naufrage (Shipwreck) by Jacques de Lajoüe (French, Paris 1686–1761 Paris) , published in Paris 1736
Date:
ca. 1745–50
Culture:
Russian, probably Velikiy Ustyug
Medium:
Shell; gilded, matted, punched, and engraved silver; niello
Dimensions:
2 1/4 × 4 1/8 × 2 1/2 in. (5.7 × 10.5 × 6.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, by exchange, and Rogers Fund, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.327
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551
The niello, a preeminently important Russian technique of decorating silver, follows the print Naufrage by Jacques de Lajoue (1687–1761), published in Paris in 1736 and integrated into a pattern book. A copy was in Catherine's extensive library. The exuberant wave and shell-like rocaille formations perfectly illustrate the Central European Rococo style, referring to the turban snail's origins in the exotic Indo-Pacific Ocean. Related turban-snail cases bearing Chinese inscriptions document that they were imported into Russia from China, where they originally served as ceremonial wine cups.
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