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Cigar Box

1912-1916

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

On the lid of the box is a nocturnal landscape in which a mounted warrior gazes at the moon. The image bears the initials AB in Cyrillic for a miniature painter, most probably Aleksandr Borozdin (born 1880), who worked for Vasilii Pavlovich Gurianov, a supplier of icons to Fabergé. Bordering the landscape is a band of geometric and vegetal forms. The reverse of the box is richly patterned in motifs associated with the works of Fedor Rückert. A trapezoidal panel with blossoms in red and blue over a white ground is in the centre. Above and below are abstract organic shapes in violet, orange-brown, turquoise, and green. Four cloudberry-like blossoms with bright blue triangles appear in the corners.

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  • Title: Cigar Box
  • Creator: Wilhelm Andrejevich Bolin
  • Date Created: 1912-1916
  • 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: Wilhelm Andrejevich Bolin, Workshop: Workshop of Fedor Ivanovich Rückert (Russian, 1840-1917)
  • Provenance: P.P. Roudakoff, 1948, by gift; Lieutenant Colonel Paul Roudakoff, New Jersey [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Sothey's, New York, December 15, 1983, No. 482; Sale, Christie's New York, October 19, 1989, No. 149; Sale, Christie's New York, April 19, 1990, no. 177; Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C., 1990, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by bequest.
  • Object Type: boxes
  • Medium: silver gilt, painted matte and filigree enamel, cabochon garnet thumb piece, elastic band
  • Inscriptions: [Symbols] On inner surfaces of lid and box: kokoshnik right, delta; [Mark] In Latin: W.A. Bolin overstriking FR (in Cyrillic); [Inscription] Inside lid: To our best friend P.P. Roudakoff with affectionate regards, Mary and Frank Vastich, December 31, 1948, Berlin
  • Dimensions: H with stone: 3 11/16 x W: 6 5/16 x D: 3/4 in. (9.4 x 16 x 1.9 cm)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
  • Classification: Enamels
  • Accession Number: 44.944

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