Two bottle coolers

Maker: Zacharias Deichman the Elder (working 1731–76)

Date: 1766

Culture: Russian, Saint Petersburg

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: Overall (each): 8 × 7 1/2 in. (20.3 × 19.1 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Silver

Credit Line: Gift of Sylvea Bull Curtis, 1981

Accession Number: 1981.367.1, .2


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.