Pair of Imperial Russian Silver Salt Cellars Made for Grand Duke Michael, 1857
A pair of double salts in the rococo style from the wedding service of Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich (1832-1909). The bowls are formed as shells flanking a twisted stem supporting a central cartouche engraved MN beneath the Imperial crown. The reverse engraved with the Romanov Imperial Eagle; together with a pair of Russian silver salt spades with gilded bowls, dated 1860 (4)
The salt cellars: 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm) long
By Samuel Arnd, Imperial silversmith to the court of Tsar Nicholas I in St. Petersburg, with workmasters initials SA, 84 silver standard, St. Petersburg crossed anchor and sceptre mark, and date of 1857; the spades marked NP for Nichols & Plincke, St. Petersburg, 1860.
Made for the wedding of Grand Duke Michael of Russia, youngest son of Tsar Nicholas I, and Princess Cecile of Baden (1839-1891) married Aug. 28, 1857.