silver with inlaid enamel work (champlevé) and engraved decoration; removable cap with tube insert

Caviar server, 1905

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This long-legged caviar server looks as if it could inch its way along a tabletop. The blue enamel flower clusters are hinged so the cap can be removed. Inside, a metal tube for caviar sits atop a pin, allowing space for crushed ice to keep the delicacy cold. The tube is lined with gold, the only metal that will not cause caviar to spoil. The egg shape of this one-of-a-kind piece references its contents (roe, or fish eggs) and recalls the famous Russian Imperial Fabergé Easter eggs shown in Paris at the 1900 Exposition Universelle.

Details
Title
Caviar server
Artist Life
1850–1924
Role
Maker
Accession Number
98.276.35a,b
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silver with inlaid enamel work (champlevé) and engraved decoration; removable cap with tube insert