Bidders scramble for Russian silver egg at Kaminski auction

LYNNFIELD, Mass. – A rare Russian silver egg stole the show at Kaminski’s Presidents’ Weekend Auction, Feb. 16-17.

Kaminski Egg AT 3-19.jpgThe egg, attributed to renowned Russian silversmith, Pavel Ovchinnikov, sold to a floor bidder for $3,750 (including a 15 percent buyer’s premium). The exterior of the egg is emblazoned with gilded insects and a grape and vine decoration comprised of 34 inset cabochon garnets. This early 19th century piece bears the Cyrillic initials of its creator and a double-headed eagle hallmark, signifying its Russian Imperial origin.

This Russian silver egg, with intricate decoration, was the $3,750 headliner at Kaminski’s Feb. 16 sale.

Kaminski’s next auction takes place March 26-27 and will feature a diverse assortment including antiques, fine art, furniture and a collection of Oriental rugs from estates spanning Massachusetts to the West Coast.

Kaminski Auctions, headed by Frank Kaminski, specializes in appraising and auctioning fine art and antiques. As part of a complete estate service package, Kaminski provides expert appraisals, local and national advertising for all sales, competitive fees, and itemized accounting of all transactions for heirs and representatives. In addition to full estate auctions, Kaminski accepts partial estate liquidations, as well as individual pieces and collections for consignment. The firm’s extensive clientele includes museums, historical societies, corporations, non-profit organizations and private individuals. In early 2007, Kaminski launched a second operation in San Diego, Calif.

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