Russian Silvered Bronze Bear Inkwell

 Russian silvered bronze inkwell depicting a finely detailed cast silvered bear standing upright while he lightly grasps onto the semi-circle gilt bronze fence, his hinged head revealing a brass circular inkwell. Bears are legendary for their strength, fearlessness, protection and firm agenda to maintain its own territory. The bear has been a widespread symbol of Russia since as early as the 16th century. Russian silver is highly desirable among serious collectors as it is one of the most beautiful and valuable types of silver in the world. 

Russia

Circa 1880