On the cup's plique-à-jour walls is a continuous aquatic scene in which appear the following: a swan floating on water, shown against a dramatic sunset; flying swallows; a butterfly; another swan, and a stork wading in a pond. Interspersed are aquatic and terrestrial plants.
Bordering the cup's upper rim is a pattern of light blue diamond shapes separated by white lozenges against a red background. The base reveals an abstract blossom in yellow, green, turquoise, and red enamel.


  • Title: Vodka Cup
  • Creator: Pavel Ovchinnikov (Russian, 1830 - 1888)
  • Date Created: 1899-1908
  • 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: Artist: Pavel Ovchinnikov (Russian, 1830 - 1888)
  • Provenance: Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by bequest.
  • Object Type: cups
  • Medium: plique-a-jour enamel, metal
  • Inscriptions: [Symbols] On base: kokoshnik left, 84; [Marks] On base in Cyrillic: IL (for Ivan Lebedkin, Moscow assay master), POvchinnikov with Imperial warrant
  • Dimensions: H: 2 7/8 x Diam: 2 3/16 in. (7.3 x 5.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
  • Classification: Enamels
  • Accession Number: 44.775

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