Christie’s serves vintage vodka set

Some say keeping vodka in the fridge makes it taste better. But what may make the drinking that more pleasurable would be a 19th Century silver enamel vodka set created by a key Russian maker which is up for sale at Christie’s.

­The flask, six cups and a tray were created by Fabergé’s Feodor Rückert The set is part of 175 lots of silver, enamels, porcelain and bronzes, with a pre-sale estimate of $3 – 4.3 million.

Christie’s sale of Russian Works of Art, scheduled to take place on April 16 in New York, is said to feature “one of the strongest offerings of cloisonné enamel to come to the market in years.”

Highlighting the section of the so called “cloisonné enamel” is a silver-gilt cloisonné and casket by Feodor Rückert, from a Maryland private collection.

Described as “an excellent example of Rückert’s late work in the Neo-Russian style”, the cover panel depicts Tsar Ivan the Terrible admiring Vasilisa Malentieva, after the painting by Grigory Sedov. Considered to be the artist’s tour-de-force, the original painting was created in 1875 and is on permanent display at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

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