Scope and Contents
The Schaffer Collection
Russian Imperial Art Treasures
ROCKEFELLER CENTER NEW YORK
Gold kovsh by CARL G. FABERGE, the celebrated Russian court jeweler, designed in the ancient Byzantine manner.
The round full bowl is decorated with eight spade-shaped panels bearing alternating leaf patterns with four Russian Imperial double-headed Eagles, all in bold relief. The eagles are chased with amazingly fine precision, and show the ball and scepter of sovereignty, the three crowns, St. George Slaying the Dragon, and the tiny shields, all in wonderful clarity and detail.
The kovsh stands on a short outflaring [sic] fluted foot, while the shoulder is absolutely plain. The most exotic feature is the handle which springs up from the base in the form of a horn, and which is surmounted by a finial consisting of a single large emerald.
An outstanding work of this great artist, often referred to as the “Cellini of the nineteenth century”.
MRS. JOHN L. PRATT
- Creation: undated
- Schaffer Collection (Organization)
Language of Materials
The collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Lillian Thomas Pratt.
Schaffer Collection, Russian Imperial Art Treasures, Rockefeller Center
Digitization of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Archives has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository
Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
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