Large Antique Imperial Russian Cloisonné Egg
Imperial Russian antique silver and cloisonné and silver egg. The egg opens up to reveal a compartment possibly for pills. The makers mark on the inside lid is clearly stamped AK for Alexander Krivovichev of Moscow with the 84 standard silver mark.
Cloisonné decoration is formed by first adding compartments to the metal object by soldering or adhering silver or gold wires or thin strips placed on their edges. These remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments of the enamel or inlays, which are often of several colors. Cloisonné enamel objects are worked on with enamel powder made into a paste, which then needs to be fired in a kiln.
Size: 2.5 x 4 cm approx