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Russian Filigree

Some interesting pieces of fine quality vintage Russian filigree work will be found here. Filigree was perfected back in the days of Catherine the Great, primarily in the Krasnoselsky and Kostroma districts of Russia, where it originated in the late 16th and early 17th century. Filigree and graining are time-tested methods of decorating metals artistically. Some fine filigree of more recent vintage was made in the Ivanova district, which includes Mstera and Kazakavo, near Nihzny Novgorod (formerly the city of Gorky). Filigree is quite labor intensive and delicate. Examples of filigree design and craftsmanship are reminiscent of "bobbin-lace" (a textile made by braiding and twisting lengths of thread, which are wound on bobbins). The copper pieces are shaped and twisted and then can be dipped in practically pure (99.9%) silver. Occasionally a piece is plated in high purity gold. Other decorative enhancements include fine seed pearl and grains and rosettes. 

 

Vintage and Antique Filigree Tea Glass Holders

 

  • "Sunrise Sunset" Russian Filigree Tea Glass Holder

    Восход - Закат. Sunrise Sunset. Our exclusive 24Kt gold plate over copper filigree tea glass holders. Hand made in the artisan village of Mstera, renown for fine miniature painting and intricate lacework. In fact, filigree is reminiscent of lace...

    $125.00
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    Filigree Box "Dew Drop" (Росинка)

    "Dew Drop" (Росинка) Filigree Box. This elegant Russian box was made by hand, not by a machine. It is an extraordinary example of filigree design and craftsmanship as was perfected back in the days of Catherine the Great (1762-1796). The pattern is...

    $50.00 $29.95
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    Russian Filigree Picture Frame

    Filigree Small Picture Frame

    Filigree Picture Frame. Elegant late 20th century Mstera or Kazakovo frame with a light feathery theme. Six sets of two tiny bead grains (12 in all) highlight the corners and centers of this delicate piece. Wire easel back. Overall size is 3" x 4" (with...

    $35.00 $20.00
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    Small Filigree Picture Frame

    Small Filigree Picture Frame

    Vintage Filigree Picture Frame. Elegant late 20th century Mstera or Kazakovo frame with a light feathery theme. Two sets of tiny bead grains at the top and bottom plus three on each side (10 in all) highlight the corners and sides of this delicate piece...

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    Russian Filigree Egg Box

    Filigree Egg SPECIAL PRICE

    SPECIAL PRICE! Filigree Egg (Филигранное яйцо). An example of the ultimate in fine filigree work, as perfected back in the days of Catherine the Great. Opens to reveal a tiny rosette. Every curve is formed by hand from copper wire, then the piece...

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    Aria (Ария) Candy Dish

    Filigree Candy Dish (Aria)

    Aria (Ария) Candy Dish.  Given the name "Aria Vase" by its makers at the workshop in Kazakavo, Russia, because of the beautiful design, this piece is entirely made by hand. This delicate and labor-intensive piece is an excellent example of...

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    Filigree Kovsch Basket

    Filigree Kovsch Basket

    Filigree Kovsch Basket. A kovsch is boat-shaped bowl or basket with, in this case, two handles. What you see here is a real jewel of Old World Russian filigree work made by hand and not a machine. This delicate and labor-intensive piece goes by the name...

    $45.00 $29.95
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    Filigree Salt Dish

    Filigree Salt Dish

    Russian Filigree Salt Dish or Cellar. An elegant Old World small dish made by hand and not a machine. This delicate and labor-intensive piece is an excellent example of filigree design and craftsmanship reminiscent of "bobbin-lace" (a textile made by...

    $24.95 $18.95
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    Miniature Filigree Basket Kazakovo

    Miniature Filigree Basket

    Filigree Basket. A superb example of Old World Russian filigree work made by hand and not a machine. This delicate and labor-intensive piece is an excellent example of design and craftsmanship reminiscent of "bobbin-lace" (a textile made by braiding and...

    $24.00 $14.00
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