Foreign artworks of gold and silver

  • Decorative vessel "Snow leopard"

    England, London, 1600-1601.
    Silver; casting, embossing, pouncing, gilding
    Stamp of the maker: "triangle with two crosses".
    Purchased for the royal treasury in 1628.

  • Table decoration - mountain-shaped censer

    Germany, Hamburg, 1599-1628.
    Silversmith: Dirich Utermarke.
    Silver; casting, embossing, engraving, gilding.
    Belonged to King Christian IV of Denmark. In 1628 it was sold out at the auction in Arkhangelsk and acquired by the Tsar's agents for the Treasury of Tsar Mikhail Fyodorovich.

  • Wash-hand jug in the form of a cup

    Holland, Amsterdam, 1654.
    Silversmith: Nicolas Heuer.
    Silver; casting, embossing.
    Was granted by representatives of the States-General of Holland to Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich in 1648

  • Ewer with a heraldic eagle on the lid

    Holland, Amsterdam, 1646-1647.
    Silversmith: Jan van den Velde.
    Silver; embossing, casting, gilding.
    Was granted by representatives of the States-General of Holland to Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich in 1648.

  • Font-shaped cup

    England, London, 1663.
    Silver; embossing, gilding.
    Was granted by King Charles II of England to Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich in 1664.

  • Globe-shaped goblet "Thistle bud"

    England, London, 1605-1606.
    Silver; chasing, casting, engraving, gilding

  • Vase with arms of Count M.S. Vorontsov

    Paris, circa 1819.
    Silversmith: M.G. Biennais.
    Silver; chasing, casting, stamping, gilding.
    Belonged to the commander of the Russian corps in France Count M. S. Vorontsov.

  • Grape goblet

    Germany, Nuremberg, circa 1600.
    Silversmith: Jörg Ruel.
    Silver; embossing, casting, gilding

The collection of foreign gold and silverware numbers over than 9000 items, made by professional silversmiths and Western and Eastern jewelers of XIII-XX centuries. The heart of the collection was formed in the treasuries of the Tsar’s and Patriarch’s estates in the Kremlin and is one of the oldest parts in the museum, set up in the early XIX century. 

In XVI-XVII centuries, the collection was filled through active purchasing foreign precious articles for Moscow rulers and a great number of diplomatic gifts to the ruling tsars.

As a whole, it is one of the biggest collections in the world, which contains a lot of material stuff for the characteristics of national peculiarity and ways of gold and silversmithery’s development of many European countries. The collection contains all basic European art styles, from Roman and Gothic to Modern and Avant-garde of the XX century. 

Bright goldsmithing schools of England and Germany of XVI-XVII century are presented particularly well. These sections are unique by the quantity and quality of exhibits and have no analogies in the world. They give the exhaustive information about the work of London, Nuremberg, Augsburg, Hamburg masters.

The Dutch part of the collection is notable for chronological compactness and bright national peculiarity. It consists of works made mainly by Amsterdam goldsmiths in 40-70-s of the XVII century. 

The collection of Polish and Swedish Baroque silverware is of special cognitive and aesthetic value.

The quantity and artistic qualities of works by French masters give evidence to the France’s special place in European silversmithery of Classicism and Empire style.

The collections of ancient items made of naturals, mostly of the epoch of Renaissance, and of watches and clocks of XVI-XIX centuries, in which pocket and breast ones are prevalent, are also of great interest and value in the museum funds.

In the Eastern gold and silverware works by Turkish jewelers of the XVII century, among which there are many rare and particularly valuable objects, are of particular interest.

Since 1970-s till nowadays, a lot of exhibits are presented in numerous exhibitions of Moscow Kremlin Museums both in Russia and abroad.


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