A boyar holding his shield and a drawn sword is depicted in plique-├í-jour enamel raised over a stippled ground. The sun is setting over the water in the background. Above an owl is perched on a limb amidst blossoms and leaves. A wading crane is surrounded by vividly colored blossoms and leaves on the reverse. The colors of the plique-à-jour enamel are white, yellow, pale green, orange, red, turquoise and various blues. Bordering both the front and back faces of the case are rows of blue circles and green and white lozenge shapes in opaque filigree enamel.


  • Title: Cigar Case
  • Creator: Pavel Ovchinnikov (Russian, 1830 - 1888)
  • Date Created: 1880s
  • 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: Pavel Ovchinnikov (Russian, 1830 - 1888)
  • Provenance: Acquired by Leo Kaplan Ltd., New York; purchased by Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C., 1982; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 2010.
  • Object Type: boxes; cigar cases
  • Medium: silver gilding, plique-à-jour and opaque filigree enamel, elastic band
  • Inscriptions: [Mark] In center of face in Cyrillic: PO, 88, St George left; [Mark] In center of reverse in Cyrillic: PO; [Mark] On top rim: St. George left, 88
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
  • Dimensions: H: 5 3/16 x W with clasp: 2 15/16 x D: 1 1/16 in. (13.2 x 7.4 x 2.7 cm)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
  • Classification: Enamels
  • Accession Number: 44.735

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