Raised over a stippled gilded ground in plique-à-jour enamel, there are two peacocks resting on a bough surrounded by blossoms and leaves. The birds are dark and light blue and orange whereas the blossoms are red and blue and the foliage is green. Overhead is a dragon fly. On the reverse of the case, the colors are identical, but peahens rather than peacocks are represented. Bordering the case's edges is an inner row of turquoise circles followed by outer rows of blue and white lozenge shapes.


  • Title: Cigar Case
  • Creator: Pavel Ovchinnikov (Russian, 1830 - 1888)
  • Date Created: 1896-1908
  • 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: Workshop: Pavel Ovchinnikov (Russian, 1830 - 1888)
  • Provenance: Leo Kaplan Ltd, New York; Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C., April 17, 1982, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by bequest.
  • Object Type: boxes; cigar cases
  • Medium: silver gilding, plique-à-jour and opaque filigree enamel
  • Inscriptions: [Mark] On face in Cyrillic: PO; [Mark] On rim in Cyrillic: POvchinnikov, illegible partial circular mark
  • Geography: Place of Origin: Moskva
  • Dimensions: H: 4 1/16 x W: 2 15/16 x D: 13/16 in. (10.3 x 7.5 x 2 cm)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
  • Classification: Enamels
  • Accession Number: 44.736

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