Set of twelve teaspoons

ARTIST / MAKER: A.N. (maker)
DATE: 1896-1908 (made)
PLACE: Moscow (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Silver-gilt with cloisonné enamel

This set of 12 silver-gilt and enamel teaspoons bear the maker’s mark ‘AN’ and were made in Moscow, circa 1896-1908. The reverse of each bowl is decorated in cloisonné enamel, depicting a double-headed eagle on green ground. Adopted by Ivan III in 1472 as an official emblem of the Russian state, the double-headed eagle was abolished during the Russian Revolution five centuries later, as it was a motif too closely related to the imperial families of Russia.