DATE: 1762 (made)
PLACE: Moscow (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Parcel-gilt silver with chased and engraved decoration, turned and carved wood

The publication of Symbola et Emblemata by Peter the Great in 1705 created an image resource and pattern book that continued to be used by silversmiths for the rest of the century. Intended as a publication providing the navy and army with nationalist symbols and emblems to be used on flags, representations of eagles and phoenix featured heavily and were a particular favourite of the Emperor. Although the roundels were often misinterpreted by silversmiths, a certain cohesion exists among silver decoration throughout the 18th century.

The maker of this teapot remains unknown however it does bear the mark for Feodor Petrov, an alderman working in Moscow. His mark appears on many pieces of the period and area and often with similar design themes highlighting the proliferation of these designs and Petrov’s high standing in the silversmithing community.