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Russian Trompe l’oeil silver jewellery

A fine silver parcel-gilt trompe l’oeil salt cellar designed as a cake (kulich) mounted in trompe l’oeil napkin and plate. Marked ‘VS’ (Viktor Savinkov, 1855-1888)

Russian Trompe l’oeil silver jewellery. A fine silver parcel-gilt trompe l’oeil salt cellar designed as a cake (kulich) mounted in trompe l’oeil napkin and plate. Marked ‘VS’ (Viktor Savinkov), 1855-1888

Trompe l’oeil or “an optical illusion” is a technique in the art, the purpose of which was the creation of realistic objects, was used earlier mainly to feature paintings and interior design in highly realistic manner. Over time the term has come to have a broader meaning and was applied in decorative art. One of the peculiarities of Russian Trompe l’oeil silver jewellery was a perfect imitation of linen napkins and towels.

A four-piece silver parcel-gilt trompe l’oeil vodka set. Stamped with city hallmark, assayer’s mark “IE” and master’s mark “NJa” in Cyrillic (N.D. Yanichkin) and 84 standard. St. Petersburg

A four-piece silver parcel-gilt trompe l’oeil vodka set. Stamped with city hallmark, assayer’s mark “IE” and master’s mark “NJa” in Cyrillic (N.D. Yanichkin) and 84 standard. St. Petersburg

Talented silver tromp-l’oeil jewelers were suppliers to the Russian Imperial court. Stunning trompe l’oeil silver art pieces were multiple winners at international exhibitions, with many customers abroad. Beautiful artworks of Russian jewelers are still sold at major auctions for big money. The hyper-realistic effect of the finest imitation of linen napkins and towels looks so modern nowadays. Unique cigar boxes, imitating real wood boxes, with the texture of the tree, stickers and labels.

A silver trompe L’ oeil cup with handle, a basket and a parcel-gilt cover. Stamped with city hallmark, St. Petersburg, 19 century

A silver trompe L’ oeil cup with handle, a basket and a parcel-gilt cover. Stamped with city hallmark, St. Petersburg, 19 century

A silver trompe l’oeil box with cover. The body decorated with dragonflies

A silver trompe l’oeil box with cover. The body decorated with dragonflies

A trompe l'oeil silver and dish and napkin souvenir, enameled silver. Jeweler Pavel Ovchinnikov, Moscow, 1872

A trompe l’oeil silver and dish and napkin souvenir, enameled silver. Jeweler Pavel Ovchinnikov, Moscow, 1872

Pavel Sazikov silver bread tray. Circa 1880

Pavel Sazikov silver bread tray. Circa 1880

Rare Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil cake basket in the style of Pavel Ovchinnikov

Rare Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil cake basket in the style of Pavel Ovchinnikov

Russian Silver Bread Basket by Ovchinnikov 1873

Russian Silver Bread Basket by Ovchinnikov 1873

Russian Silver Tromp e-l’oeil cake basket. Moscow circa 1890

Russian Silver Tromp e-l’oeil cake basket. Moscow circa 1890

Russian silver trompe l’oeil box with cover. Pavel Akimov Ovchinnikov, circa 1900

Russian silver trompe l’oeil box with cover. Pavel Akimov Ovchinnikov, circa 1900

Russian silver trompe l’oeil cake basket having a swing handle realistically chased to simulate a wicker basket draped with a damask napkin

Russian silver trompe l’oeil cake basket having a swing handle realistically chased to simulate a wicker basket draped with a damask napkin

Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil bread basket, Moscow 1886. Chased to imitate basketweave

Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil bread basket, Moscow 1886. Chased to imitate basketweave

Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil sugar basket, Moscow 1886. Chased to imitate basketweave

Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil sugar basket, Moscow 1886. Chased to imitate basketweave

Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil wine bottle, Moscow, 1899-1908. The silver bottle form engraved with a faux label and friction fit stopper. Hallmarked Moscow, circa 1899-1908, Cyrillic mark for Fedor Ivanov

Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil wine bottle, Moscow, 1899-1908. The silver bottle form engraved with a faux label and friction fit stopper. Hallmarked Moscow, circa 1899-1908, Cyrillic mark for Fedor Ivanov

Russian Trompe l'oeil silver jewellery - Bread Basket and napkin. Jeweler Pavel Ovchinnikov 1873, Moscow

Russian Trompe l’oeil silver jewellery – Bread Basket and napkin. Jeweler Pavel Ovchinnikov 1873, Moscow

Russian Trompe l'oeil silver jewellery - Bread Basket and napkin. Jeweler Pavel Ovchinnikov 1873, Moscow

Russian Trompe l’oeil silver jewellery – Bread Basket and napkin. Jeweler Pavel Ovchinnikov 1873, Moscow

Russian Trompe l'oeil silver jewellery - Bread Basket and napkin. Jeweler Pavel Ovchinnikov 1879, Moscow

Russian Trompe l’oeil silver jewellery – Bread Basket and napkin. Jeweler Pavel Ovchinnikov 1879, Moscow

Russian Trompe l'oeil silver jewellery - Towel-napkin. Jeweler Pavel Ovchinnikov, 1877

Russian Trompe l’oeil silver jewellery – Towel-napkin. Jeweler Pavel Ovchinnikov, 1877

Russian trompe l'oeil silver vase, 19th century

Russian Trompe l’oeil silver jewellery – vase, 19th century

Ash tray. A 19th century Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil Ash tray in the form of a bast shoe. Mark of Ivan Chlebnikov, St. Petersburg, 1878.

Ash tray. A 19th century Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil Ash tray in the form of a bast shoe. Mark of Ivan Khlebnikov, St. Petersburg, 1878.

Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil lidded tankard, St. Petersburg, marked Sasikow

Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil lidded tankard, St. Petersburg, marked Sasikow

Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil lidded tankard, closeup

Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil lidded tankard, closeup

Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil lidded tankard, St. Petersburg, closeup

Russian Silver Trompe-l’oeil lidded tankard, St. Petersburg, closeup

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