Very large silver and cloisonné enamel kovsh


Featuring an interesting genre scene surrounded by complex cloisonné enamel decoration, the kovsh celebrates the rich Russian cultural history.


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Of an impressive size, the kovsh was crafted in the 20th century by skilled Russian craftsmen.

The piece is decorated throughout with the cloisonné enamelling technique. This involves arranging fine metal wires in an interesting pattern, one later filled with a coloured enamel paste and fired. A plethora of flowing and swirling floral decoration is created on the body of the piece. A pastel colour palette is used where shades of pink, blue, orange and cream predominate. The handle is of an attention-grabbing design, with finger ridges allowing for the easy hold of the piece. The inside of the kovsh is silver gilt.

The front of the kovsh is enamel painted depicting a genre scene set in a woodland. A group of ladies dressed in everyday clothing is seen conversing with each other, while one of them is swinging a baby tightly wrapped in a blanket.

A kovsh is a traditional Russian drinking vessel and an important symbol in Russian culture. Its history dates back to the 10th century when they were used as ladles. Over the next centuries, the cultural importance of a kovsh has risen to become a ceremonial gift presented by tsars.

The reverse of the piece is stamped with spurious marks.

Of a complex design and high quality, this kovsh would make a wonderful addition to one’s collection.


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


20 cm / 7.9 inches
25 cm / 9.8 inches
19 cm / 7.5 inches


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