Cloisonné enamel and silver gilt Russian charka


This Russian antique silver gilt charka, embellished with cloisonné enamel and semi-precious stones, exemplifies an old tradition of vodka drinking.


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This precious antique object is a Russian charka drinking vessel dating from the 20th Century. This vessel exudes an unmistakable air of elegance and grandeur.

The entire piece is meticulously fashioned from silver gilt a testament to the luxuriance of old Russian craftsmanship. The body of the charka comprises a circular cup, its silhouette lending it a stately and timeless appeal, coupled with a flat handle that showcases an ergonomic and traditional design, inspired in the early Russian example of charkas.

The entire body of the charka as well as the foot are captivatingly decorated through the cloisonné enamel technique employed to create a sumptuous tapestry of decoration across the piece. In an intricate and vibrant array of blue and white hues, floral arabesques spread in graceful tendrils and petals around the vessel, evoking a sense of natural elegance and a celebration of Russia's love for nature-inspired motifs.

Adorning the surface of this charka, framed by the enamel arabesques. are semi-precious stones that bring a touch of earthy grandeur to the piece. Each stone is carefully mounted, their vibrant colors and natural glow creating a striking contrast to the polished silver and bright enamel. These stone embellishments serve not just as visual enhancements, but as tactile points of interest.

Literally translating to 'vodka' or 'tot cup', the charka is an embodiment of a practice that spans centuries, playing an integral role in the convivial Russian way of life. While primarily recognized as a receptacle for liquor, the charka also serves a unique secondary role. It represents an ancient vodka measurement of 143.5 milliliters, a standard introduced as far back as the 16th century.

The charka's authenticity is confirmed by the distinguished '84' standard silver mark, a renowned indication of its silver content and the deftness of the hands that crafted it. Accompanying this is the assayer's mark 'NZ' in Cyrillic script, the mark of a revered craftsman,

This antique Russian charka drinking vessel is a fascinating fusion of art, history, and skilled craftsmanship, reflecting the history of Russian decorative arts. Its meticulous detailing and complex aesthetics make it not just a piece of utilitarian heritage, but also a keepsake of Russian artistry.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
20th Century
20th Century
Russian Interest
Enamel - Cloisonné, Semi-precious stones, Silver


5 cm / 2 inches
12 cm / 4.7 inches
7 cm / 2.8 inches


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