Russia commenced 1830 – 1917


Butterfly box c.1900 Place made: Moscow, Russia, Russia
Materials & Technique: metalwork, boxes, silver-gilt, enamel, diamonds, pearl

Primary Insc: Hallmarked, inside box, with the date for Moscow 1899-1908 and 'BOLIN' inside a rectangle.
Dimensions: 2.2 h x 11.2 w x 5.6 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1988
Accession No: NGA 88.1490
  • Bolin, like its competitor company Fabergé, was a jeweller to the Russian court, specialising in the production of small articles in precious metals and stones. This box is an example of the company’s production in the Art Nouveau style of 1895-1910. Its decoration of intertwined stems and budding flowers determines the organic shape of the lidded box, which opens by pressing on the blister pearl clasp.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
    Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design