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 of "Autumn Garden" and is an excellent example of design and craftsmanship reminiscent of "bobbin-lace" (a textile made by braiding and twisting lengths of thread, which are wound on cylinder cones). The copper piece is dipped in practically pure (99.9%) silver. Hand crafted in Kazakovo, near Nihzny Novgorod (formerly the city of Gorky). The craftsmanship here on full display involves leaves, tendrils and wings winding about to form an elaborate piece. The beading in the center of the two sides is uncommon in our experience. The work involved to have the filigree run up the ends and form a handle is also uncommon.
In very good bright silver condition with various traces of silver sulfide in a few spots. It bears more of this sulfide and could be given an additional cleaning or two plus some scrubbing with a brush to remove what remains, otherwise overall very good. A nice gift for the Russian filigree connoisseur or collector. 10" length, 5" width, 3" height. Currently 1 available.