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iconnumber posted 06-07-2005 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IJP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently acquired Zolotoe i Serebryanoe delo XV-XX vv by Postnikova-Losseva. However, I'd really like to acquire more good references on Russian silver particularly, and I have noticed several out there. Has anyone had a look at these or other books?

  • Solodkoff, Alexander Russian Gold and Silver Work
  • Kovarskaia et al Russian Silver of the 14th to early 20th Centuries from the Moscow Kremlin Reserves
  • Paulson, Paul L Guide to Russian Silver Hallmarks
  • any of a number of books by Andrei Gilodo

Also, I recall distinctly that I was browsing around the web looking at Russian silver, and I came across a website that advertised a 2 volume reference with CD-ROM material, about Russian silver and its marks. It was $500, or something like that, so I passed over it at first. I did not think to write down the title and author. A later search turned up nothing. Did I only dream it?

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iconnumber posted 06-07-2005 11:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakstone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I have most of the other books you list, and if it's identifying marks you're interested in, then you already have the best: the Postnikova-Losseva. Paulson's book is just marks but much, much less compresensive than Postnikova-Losseva. I wouldn't bother with it; there's nothing there that isn't in P-L.

The Solidikov and Kovarskaia are both good overviews of Russian silver, but as with most books about silver, they tend to focus more on "museum" quality pieces and not so much on what your average collector might find. (That's not to knock them, they're both very good books.) Gilodo's works I'd put at the bottom of the list; they're nice enough, but don't really have much information better covered in the other books.

As for the two volume set you mention, no, you're not dreaming: it is listed here. As you can see, it's $980 for both volumes, one on assay office marks and one on silversmiths' marks. Given the price tag and recent date, I would assume it is meant to be the "standard work". But it's way, way out of my budget; I'll have to wait until it's acquired by some big library and just go visit it - still cheaper than buying a copy, even if it means a trip to NYC or somewhere.

Sazikov? Do you know anything about this set?

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iconnumber posted 06-08-2005 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IJP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

If ever you are in Ohio, visit the Cleveland Museum of Art. There, at the Ingalls Library, search for Probirnoe delo v Rossii (1700-1946)rukovodstvo dliaekspertov-iskusstvovedov . In other words, there's Assaying and Hallmarking in Russia by Ivanov. They don't appear to have the companion volume. If you have a chance to see it before I do, let me know what you think... Also, something tells me that those books could be purchased a little cheaper through Russian booksellers.

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iconnumber posted 06-08-2005 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sazikov2000     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the opportunity to look into the two volumes of A. Ivanov. The advantage is, that the text is also in English and you get two CDs to find everything easier on your computer. The price is astronomic.
I for my person prefer Postnikowa-Losewa .....

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