The set has a soup (ladle) which is 13” long and six soup
spoons 8 ¾” each, ( 800 gram total).
The spoons have the perfectly classical shapes which was popular during
the heyday of Art Nouveau in Russia.
There were depictions of chimeras on the spoon handles.
The chimeras had been always a special subject in the art of
The spoons were designed by G. Tcheryatov, who was one of the best
The mark on the spoons says “ГЧ” (GTch in Latin), and
there is inscription on the soup scoop “Г. Черятов” (G.
The gold and silver factory of Georgy Kuzmich Tcheryatov
functioned in Russia from 1900 till 1917 and produced mostly small
amounts of silver dishes and table sets ordered by Loriye (Лорие in
The products of Feodor Loriye can be granted the same quality as
that of Faberge and were often highly priced.
For those who want to learn more about the sophisticated marks and the
co-operation between Russian companies, I recommend a marvelous
reference book, “Gold and Silver Work in 15th - 20th
Centuries”, edited by M. M. Postnikova-Loseva, published in 1983.
This book remains the best catalog for Russian and Soviet gold
and silver. Unfortunately it has not been translated into European
languages. This catalog is based on the book “Russian Gold and
Silver Work in 15th to 20th Centuries” written by the same
First published in 1967, it soon became a bibliographical rarity.
A chimera is a combination of different styles. In the biological
realm, an example would be a man and goat combination
as shown by this spoon bowl of Pan (half man and half goat) with a goat.
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