Tea Caddy

Workshop of Fedor Ivanovich Rückert (Russian, 1840-1917)1908-1917

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

The caddy, with its sloping decks and elevated top, recalls in shape a 17th-century teremok. Four crowned Sirins are depicted within pale blue circles on each of its sides. The remaining ornament consists of scrolls and geometric patterns in brown and grey-green against dark blue. Characteristic of Rückert's designs after 1908 are the tightly wound wire spirals appearing in sets of six on each face of the caddy.

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  • Title: Tea Caddy
  • Creator: Workshop of Fedor Ivanovich Rückert (Russian, 1840-1917)
  • Date Created: 1908-1917
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  • Roles: Workmaster: Workshop of Fedor Ivanovich Rückert (Russian, 1840-1917), Artist: Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920)
  • Provenance: A la Vieille Russie, New York; Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C., 1983, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by bequest.
  • Object Type: tea caddies (containers)
  • Medium: silver gilding, filigree enamel, cork
  • Inscriptions: [Marks] On base in Cyrillic with Imperial warrant: KFabergé overstriking FR; [Symbols] circular kokoshnik right, kokoshnik right, 84, delta; [Inventory number] 26955; [Symbol] On rim of neck: circular kokoshnik right
  • Exhibitions: Old Russian Enamels. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. 1987.
  • Dimensions: H: 6 1/16 x W: 4 5/8 x D: 4 5/8 in. (15.4 x 11.8 x 11.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
  • Classification: Enamels
  • Accession Number: 44.912