Featured Stein: November 2008
  ~ A Russian Silver Tankard ~
from the October 2008 TSACO Auction
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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--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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