Ivan Petrovich Chlebnikov
(, St. Petersburg 1890)
A Russian silver tea service, comprising teapot, tea caddy, creamer, sugar bowl, dish and a matching Danish coffee pot, of bowl-shaped form with grooves, silver knobs and two with mother-of-pearl buttons. Ivan Petrovich Chlebnikov, marked with the Imperial Warrant as purveyor to the Imperial Russian Court, assayer IE 1890, 84 standard, additionally marked in Denmark 1924, assayer Christian Fr. Heise. Coffee
pot marked Danmark 1924, apparently no maker's mark, assayer Christian Fr. Heise. Weight c. 2,321 g. H. coffeepot 15.5 cm. H. creamer 5.7 cm. Diam. dish 35.3 cm. W. dish (incl. handles) 41.5 cm. (6).
Provenance: Acquired by Niels Bøgholm (b. Lundtofte 1873, d. Birkerød 1957), a Danish professor in English at the University of Copenhagen. According to his granddaughter, Niels Bøgholm acquired the service at the estate auction of Mrs Councilor Laura Charlotte Tietgen. This took place in her home, Kronprinsessegade 30, 1st floor, Copenhagen, on behalf of Attorney Vagn Aagesen on Tuesday 4 December 1917. The catalogue mentions no. 106a in Danish “Tea, Sugar Bowl and Creamer, Russian Work”, which may relate to this service. Thence by descent until today.
Laura Charlotte Tietgen was a widower of the great Danish businessman C.F. Tietgen (1829–1901). He was, among other titles, the owner of the Great Nordic Telegraph Company, which did great business in Russia. C.F. Tietgen was close to the Danish Royal House, including Tsaritsa Maria Feodorovna.