These wine coolers are part of a set of at least nine (as recorded in 1907) belonging to the so-called Czarskoe Selo service, named after one of the numerous imperial summer residences around Saint Petersburg. The foliate loop handles still represent the naturalistic influence of Rococo decoration, whereas the restrained form and narrow guilloche borders announce the dawn of Neoclassicism.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: 1981.367.1: Stamped on bottom: 753 Incised on bottom: No 753 Engraved on bottom: [see image]
1981.367.2: Stamped on bottom: 749 Incised on bottom: No 749 Engraved on bottom: [see image]
Marking:  ZD in rectangle (maker's mark of Zacharias Deichman the Elder, working 1731–76);  IF (in Cyrillic letters) in rectangle (assayer's mark of Ivan Frolov, 1738–79);  kedge and anchor in saltire, 1766 below (Saint Petersburg town mark);  7 and 9 (standard mark)
Location of marks: All on both coolers .2 also marked with double zigzag assay line
Artist:Unknown Artist, Swiss, Austrian, or German, active Russia ca. 1703–4 Date:probably shortly before 1704Medium:Red pine (pinus sylvestris), with wrought-iron clipsAccession:1996.7On view in:Gallery 551