The sides of this cup contain medallions with a profile portrait of Elizabeth I, Empress of Russia from 1741-1762, the double-headed eagle (emblem of the Russian Empire) and the empress's monogram EP (Elizabeth Petrovna) placed under a crown. The mask-like foliate design in the repoussé indicates a Dutch influence. The cup was made by an unknown silversmith who signed with the initials 'VD', active 1741-1753, and assayed by Egor Ivanov, active 1752-1758.

Cups such as this were presented to members of the empress's guard regiments.


  • Title: Covered Cup
  • Creator: Egor Ivanov (Russian, 1752-1758)
  • Date Created: 1753
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  • Style: Baroque
  • Roles: Other: Egor Ivanov (Russian, 1752-1758), Metalworker: V. D. (Russian, 1741-1753)
  • Reign: Elizabeth I (1741-1762)
  • Provenance: Alexandre Polovtsoff (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Polovtsov), Saint Petersburg and Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Period: Early Modern
  • Object Type: cups; drinking vessels
  • Medium: silver, parcel gilt
  • Exhibitions: Russian Art: Icons and Decorative Arts from the Origin to the Twentieth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1959-1960.
  • Dimensions: H: 6 1/8 x Diam: 3 1/8 in. (15.6 x 7.9 cm) Cup H: 4 5/16 x Diam:3 1/8 in. (11 x 7.9 cm) Lid H: : 2 1/2 x Diam: 3 1/8 in. (6.3 x 8 cm)
  • Culture: Russian
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929
  • Classification: Gold, Silver & Jewelry
  • Accession Number: 57.815

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