Maria V. Semenova (Russian, active 1896-1905)1908-1917

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

An unusual feature of this box is the rectangular panel set in the lid in red translucent en plein enamel over a guilloché, or mechanically engraved, checker-board pattern. The box is decorated with blossoms in pale blue, violet, pink and red enamel set in cream-colored cartouches. These, in turn, are enclosed within an olive green background. This pastel color scheme is characteristic of Semenova's work. Distinctive details in the filigree include the spirals indicating the blossom's stamens and the silver, concave dots scattered across the background colors.

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  • Title: Casket
  • Creator: Maria V. Semenova (Russian, active 1896-1905)
  • 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: Maria V. Semenova (Russian, active 1896-1905)
  • Provenance: Leo Kaplan, New York; purchased by Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C., October 21 1973; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 2010.
  • Object Type: boxes; caskets (personal gear)
  • Medium: silver gilding, painted filigree and translucent en plein enamel over a guilloché ground
  • Inscriptions: [Symbols] On base: kokoshnik right, delta, 84, circular kokoshnik; [Maker's mark] On base in Cyrillic: MS; [Mark] Incised: mvwxv
  • Exhibitions: Old Russian Enamels. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. 1987.
  • Dimensions: H: 2 3/8 x W: 5 1/8 x D with stable: 3 5/8 in. (6.1 x 13 x 9.2 cm)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
  • Classification: Enamels
  • Accession Number: 44.83


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