Qrt.S wrote:Well stories are stories. The letter is written with imagination during a period when hardly anybody knew what was going on in the USSR even less about Russian silver. There is absolutely nothing indicating that the spoons have anything to do with the Russian court. The text in the box's lid is only Gustaf Gustaovich Klingert's silver and gold factory's adress in Moscow. The quite ordinary and common (tea or jam) spoons are made in Klingert's factory in Moscow between 1899-1908. The technique is called cloisonnée (cell enamel), Sorry if I have disappointed you.
4. ``Pure silver dipped in pure gold`` is wrong; it is 875 fineness.
5. Klingert factory had the ``appointment to the court`` warrant, but that does not mean the particular set was made for the court
It is great to see authentic Klingert because there is a lot of replica Klingert out there and this thread will educate many people
AG2012 wrote:It is great to see authentic Klingert because there is a lot of replica Klingert out there and this thread will educate many people
Right, and take closer look at imperfections in cloisonné (enamel not evenly contained within cells, different thickness of opaque enamel and notorious problem with translucent red).
Inferior to e.g. Louis Kuppenheim, Anton Michelsen and David Andersen etc.
In a word, overestimated Russian silver, most likely due to the myth of unfortunate destiny of Imperial family.
In conclusion, at the turn of 19th century, Russian silversmiths were still practicing old methods of hand made silver (unlike machine mass produced silver in the West), but most of the time that was the only advantage when judging ordinary pieces meant for everyday use.
Then, there is silver of the highest quality custom made for privileged clientele (not found in garage sales).
But all said, in matters of taste, there can be no disputes.
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