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Cigarette box with Miniature: Blind Man's Bluff

1908-1917

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

The miniature, in matte enamel, reproduces Blind Man's Bluff, a popular painting by Konstantin Makovskii (1839-1915). In a teremok interior, a child and an older boy waving a peacock feather encourage a blindfolded young lady dressed in white while her companions seek to elude her. Incidental details include a mother seated with her child and companion, and a child stealing fruit from the table. The vaulted chamber is replete with scrolls of vine painted on the ceiling and with such furnishings as a large white tile stove, an icon, and a commode. The Kremlin Terem, restored after the designs of Fyodor Solntsev (1801-1892) in 1837, served as the prototype for the interior.

This box exemplifies Fedor Rückert's late style of painted filigree work in which ample use is made of decorative, filigree wire spirals and muted colors. In this work, they are predominantly dark blue, black, brown, and white.

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  • Title: Cigarette box with Miniature: Blind Man's Bluff
  • Creator: Workshop of Fedor Ivanovich Rückert (Russian, 1840-1917)
  • 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: Workmaster: Workshop of Fedor Ivanovich Rückert (Russian, 1840-1917), Artist: Painting copy after Konstantin Makovskii (Russian, 1839-1915), Manufacturer: 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 gilt, painted filigree and matte enamel
  • Inscriptions: [Marks] On base in Cyrillic: KFabergé with Imperial warrant overstriking FR; [Symbols] kokoshnik right, 88, delta, circular kokoshnik; [Symbols] On rim: kokoshnik and indecipherable rectangular mark
  • Exhibitions: Fabergé. The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris; Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 1993-1994., Old Russian Enamels. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. 1987.
  • Dimensions: H: 1 7/16 x W: 3 5/8 x D: 2 1/2 in. (3.7 x 9.2 x 6.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
  • Classification: Enamels
  • Accession Number: 44.915

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