Vintage Kazakovo Silvered Filigree Tea Glass Holder, circa 1950's. Delicate flowers (Ажурные цветы). Marked on underside: "КХИ" in a rectangle indicating the Kazakovsky factory of art products. Beautiful patterns with a few seed grains. Has the older filigree handle and a round top edge (later holders eliminated these touches due to newer developed technology). Cleaned up quite nicely, there is very little silver loss. In very good vintage condition, clean and pleasing to handle 3" diameter and 3¾" to top of handle. 1 available, as shown.
The Kazakovsky artel "Metallist" specialized in high quality and labor intensive production of filigree work. It began 85 years ago, in the late 1930's in the Nizhny Novgorod Region in the village of Kazakovo. Besides teaglass holders, the enterprise made small jewelry boxes, candy dishes and baskets, teaspoons and delicate women's jewelry.
The filigree ornament is geometric - zigzag ribbons, waves, circles, semicircles and more complex figures, but the predominant influences are floral motifs, i.e., a flower with elongated petals and long leaves with curls. The word filigree comes from the Latin: "filum", which is thread, and "granum", which is grain. The Russian term is skan (скань) Old Slavic for "twist".
Purchase a Standard Glass Insert for this holder.