Russian cloisonné enamel and silver Salt by 6th Artel

By 6th Artel (Russian, 1908-1917)


This superb Russian silver Salt is profusely decorated with cloisonné enamelwork set into a variety of geometrical motifs and infilled with beautiful colours.


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This Russian Salt (a decorative but functional salt cellar) was produced by the 6th Artel during the final years of the Russian Imperial period. The Salt has a distinctive concave side profile, which curves outwards from the top rim downwards into a protruding register near the bottom and then narrows again to the base.

The Salt, which is made of solid silver, features an exterior surface that is profusely decorated with shaded cloisonné enamelwork. The decorative scheme features cloisons, encompassed by rope twist cloison wire, wrought into a variety of abstract and geometrical motifs and filled with shaded cloisonné enamel. The colour scheme employed throughout includes pastel shades of pink, green, and blue, in addition to stronger, unadulterated tones of blue, red, green, and orange. Cloison wire is massed at various points into protruding cone-like elements, and the wire is also used decoratively in its own right, particularly in the stylised tree motifs at the centre of the black-ground enamel medallions located at the four cardinal points of the cylindrical Salt. The silver of the Salt is moulded with stylised linear motifs immediately below the rim and along the protruding band near the base.

The Salt is marked underneath ‘6A’, which signifies the 6th Artel, and with ‘88’, which designates 88 zolotnik Russian silver with a silver purity of 91.66%.


Artist / Maker
By 6th Artel (Russian, 1908-1917)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
c. 1915
Early 20th Century
Russian Interest
Enamel - Cloisonné, Silver
Multi-coloured, Silver


3.5 cm / 1.2 inches
6 cm / 2.4 inches


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