RUSSIAN CHIMERA SET


By Lazar Freidgeim, private collector

edited by Wayne Bednersh

Russian chimera spoon set
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.

Russian chimera spoon finials
 There were depictions of chimeras on the spoon handles.
 The chimeras had been always a special subject in the art of Russian jewelry.

 
The spoons were designed by G. Tcheryatov, who was one of the best Russian jewelers.
 The mark on the spoons says “ГЧ” (GTch in Latin), and there is inscription on the soup scoop “Г. Черятов” (G. Tcheryatov).
 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 Russian) Company.
 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 authors.
First published in 1967, it soon became a bibliographical rarity.

Russian Chimera spoons

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.

devil pan chimera spoon bowl
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