Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899
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Antique Imperial Russian Solid Silver Pair of Spoons with Cloisonne Enamel - Vasily Agafonov c.1882-1899

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Description and Details 

We are delighted to offer this beautiful pair of antique Imperial Russian solid silver enamel spoons made in Moscow c.1882-1899 with marks for Vasily Agafonov.

This pair is of a larger size than a normal pair of enamelled Russian spoons (larger than a teaspoon and smaller than a serving spoon) and as a result is immediately impressionable even upon a quick glance. 

The magnificent cloisonne-work is typical of fine 19th c. Russian silver enamelware and its generous proportions allow the spoons to be embellished plentifully.

In spite of what could be a very bland and utilitarian item, such spoons have been decorated and treated as an object of vertu to display a high degree of craftsmanship, artistry and design. 

Such contrast and artistic juxtaposition between utility and ornamentation is particularly delightful on these pieces and serve as such a wonderful aesthetic contrast in interior settings among other silverware or as a highlighting piece on a table. The colourful enamel and delicacy are almost jewel-like and would also gracefully compliment jewellery collections.

The bowl and terminals have been gorgeously enamelled with a range of vivid colours, each immaculately filled in each 'cloison' (the compartment between the twist rope borders) shaped as various scrolls and foliate motifs. The stem of the spoon features a lovely writhen/twisted design and the bowl of the spoon has a beautiful light 'lemon' gilt tone.

Overall, the quality feel in hand, the intricate silverwork and the colourful enamelling are delightful and make for both a splendid collectable and display piece of fine 19th c. Russian silverware.

Both spoons are marked with matching hallmarks for Vasily Agafonov, 84 Zolotnik silver standard and the combined Moscow mark indicating its assaying c.1882-1899.

*Please note: all images with other items are for display purposes only, this listing is for the title item only. 

Size

  • Size (cm) L:16cm W:3.8cm
  • Size (inches) L:6.29 W:1.49 
  • Weight: 85 grams the pair (2.73 Troy oz) total. 

Condition

Good Condition -  The pair is in good antique condition, with no major damage or issues. Some very minor enamel loss in the terminal of the handles, gliding wear and some light surface wear commensurate with age - mentioned for accuracy (last photo).

We aim to overemphasize and state these issues to avoid disappointment and thus please rest assured they are not significant nor affect the usage of the items. 

Please refer to the photographs to examine the condition in further detail. 

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