Featured Stein: November 2008
This month's featured stein was the top seller in The Stein Auction
Company's auction October 12 at the mini-convention in Chicago. Estimated in the
auction catalog at $50,000 to $75,000, the stein sold for $103,500 (including
the buyer's premium).
The stein is a Russian silver tankard, 8.2 inches high, gilded, with
a very rare plique-à-jour base and lid. The stein is marked Pavel Ovchinnikov,
1893. The same stein was previously sold by Gary Kirsner Auctions in 1998. A
similar example was sold in 1983 by Sotheby's, New York, and another similar
stein illustrated in Russian gold and silver work by Alexander von Solodkoff was
sold in 1981. The base, lid, and markings are illustrated below.
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