A silver trompe l'oeil tea set, Alexander Sokolov, St Petersburg, circa 1882
chased to imitate basket weave, comprising a coffee pot, a tea pot, a lidded sugar-bowl, milk jug, rectangular handled
basket, strainer, sugar tongs and a set of twelve teaspoons, with inscribed monogram JKS, gilt interiors, contained
within a fitted wooden box, 84 standard; together with a matching kettle on a four-legged stand and a lamp with ivory
handle, 4th Artel, Moscow, 1908-1917, the maker's mark overstruck with unrecorded Cyrillic initials G.Ya, 84
height of kettle on stand 38cm, 15in.
The set overall in very good condition; with surface wear consistent with age. The coffee pot with a minor dent. The original ivory with cracks and discolouration, as expected. The original fitted case with time wear and scratches.
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