Russian Silver Sweetmeat Dish by Nicholls & Plincke, circa 1870
Rectangular with rounded corners, the neoclassical dish applied with two opposing ribbon-tied laurel leaf handles, the exterior of one side engraved with a princely or Grand Ducal crowned coronet with beveled border.
Circa 1870, fully hallmarked and stamped with the Russian imperial warrant. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm) long from the end of each handle; 5 ¼ in. (12.7 cm) wide; 1 ½ in. (3.8 cm) high
Court jewelers to Russian Tsar Nicholas I (r 1825-55) the firm of Nicholls & Plincke was founded in St Petersburg by two Englishmen: Constantin Nicholls and William Plincke. Initially called Magasin Anglais, the shop was famous for its English designed pieces, silver centerpieces, sumptuous gilded table and wedding services for the imperial court, and English silver. It was located at 14 Bolshaia Morskaia on St. Petersburg’s “Diamond Row”.