Box with Miniature: The Wedding Party


The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

Niello is used both for the decorative band extending across the face of the box for defining its corners. In the center of the lid, a hexagonal-shaped miniature shows in matte enamel the bride and groom, a detail based on the wedding couple in Konstantin Makovskii's A Boyar Wedding in the Seventeenth Century (1883) now in the Hillwood Museum and Gardens. Particular attention has been given to such details as the groom's ermine collar and cuffs, the bride's kokoshnik headdress and veil, and the painted decoration on the walls of the window well.

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  • Title: Box with Miniature: The Wedding Party
  • Creator: Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920)
  • Date Created: 1908-1917
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920)
  • Provenance: Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by bequest.
  • Object Type: boxes
  • Medium: silver gilding, niello, painted matte enamel
  • Inscriptions: [Marks] On lid in Cyrillic: KFabergé with Imperial warrant, 91; [Symbols] circular kokoshnik right; kokoshnik right, delta; [Inventory number] 20505
  • Dimensions: H: 1 5/16 x W: 3 9/16 x D: 1 1/2 in. (3.3 x 9 x 3.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
  • Classification: Enamels
  • Accession Number: 44.94

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