Silver ewer and basin set by Lang, Nicholas I period

By Lang, Henrik August (Russian, 19th Century)


This distinguished set, fully hallmarked and expertly created by Henrik August Lang during the time of Nicholas I, stands as an early testament to the splendor of Russian silver craftsmanship.


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This remarkable set from the early 19th Century Nicholas I period, consisting of an ewer and basin, was crafted with exceptional artistry by the renowned silversmith Henrik August Lang of St. Petersburg.

The meticulous attention to detail exhibited in their construction showcases Lang's mastery, reflecting the highest standards of Russian silversmithing during the Nicholas I era.

The boulbous-shaped ewer, dated 1839, an embodiment of elegance and grace, exhibits a harmonious blend of curves and intricate motifs. Its captivating form stands tall with a well-balanced composition, featuring a gracefully curving handle and a finely shaped spout. The handle features delicate decorations, reminiscent of a tree’s trunk, with both ends being fashioned in carved leaf designs. The body of the ewer is masterfully fashioned in a curved, veined-like design, displaying Lang's expertise.

The accompanying basin, crafted in 1838, complements the ewer perfectly with its generous size and matching design. Its rim provides a fitting backdrop for the ewer, replete with carved leaf motifs.

Notably, these exceptional pieces were retailed by Nicholls & Plincke, an esteemed St Peterburg-based establishment founded by two Englishmen in 1815, becoming the silver suppliers to the Russian aristocracy and Imperial court. Their involvement further emphasizes the distinguished quality and desirability of this set.

The pieces bear the prestigious hallmarks that authenticate their place of origin, silver quality, maker and retailer.

These early examples of Russian silver embody the essence of the Nicholas I period, encapsulating the opulence and grandeur of the era, as well as the importance given to superb craftsmanship in the period.

Collectors and connoisseurs alike will appreciate the timeless elegance, construction, and artistry displayed by this set. However, they also constitute delightful decorative objects that can be used to provide refinement and opulence to varied environments, from a drawing room to a dinner setting.

Total weight of both pieces is approximately 3,325 grammes. 

Jug: Height 9cm, width 21cm, depth 15cm
Basin: Height 8cm, width 39cm, depth 29.5cm


Artist / Maker
By Lang, Henrik August (Russian, 19th Century)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Early 19th Century
Louis Philippe


29 cm / 11.4 inches
21 cm / 8.3 inches
15 cm / 5.9 inches
3325 g


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