Vintage "Penguins" Cloisonne Enamel Tea Glass Holders. Vitreous enamel over copper tea glass holders with a penguin motif. Enamel, silverplate over copper. In fine condition (clean with a silver dip or sponge). No chips or cracks. Come with a Russian-made crystal glass, each weighs nearly 14 oz and are nearly 5" in height. 1 pair only.
Back in the day when the political system known as the Soviet Union was scouring for hard currency, fine gift kiosks known as "Beriozka" shops were operating in Moscow, Leningrad and elsewhere. Applied art artisans were enlisted to produce high-quality goods for sale strictly to foreigners and tourists. Some of these items include beautiful lacquer boxes, traditional nesting dolls, and delicate and detailed wood carvings. Together with this high-class fare, the shops also sold typical tourist items such as postage stamps, film strips and slides, commemorative matchboxes, propaganda posters, books, record albums, and the ubiquitous enamel pins known as "znachki".
Vitreous enamel, or porcelain enamel, is made by fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 °C (1,380 and 1,560 °F). The powder melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating.
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