This stunning Sterling Silver miniature vanity table with accessories was known as the Empress Maria table set named after Russian Empress Maria Feodorovna. The set was made by master silver miniature artist Vladimir Matusovsky and was purchased directly from the artist in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for $3000.00. His business card will accompany this purchase with the original price written on the back. We also have a copy of a page from the "Miniature Collector" magazine about Mr. Matusovsky with a picture of the Empress Maria table set. There are tiny hallmarks on some of the pieces but due to the size of the pieces the marks are both difficult to find and hard to identify. Since we know that Mr. Matusovsky worked in Sterling Silver and this set is documented, we are certain that all pieces are made of Sterling Silver. This rare set is a treasure that will become one of the jewels of any miniature dollhouse collection or of anyone who simply loves fine miniature items. This fabulous set includes :
1. Vanity table - Measures 2 3/4" high, 3 1/2" long and 1 5/8" deep. Weighs 100 grams.
2. Round cheval table top mirror - Measures 2" high, 1 3/8" wide and 3/8" deep. Weighs 30 grams.
3. Vanity chair (upholstered seat and back) - Measures 3 1/2" high, 1 1/2" wide and 1 1/4" deep. Weighs 20 grams.
4.-5. Pair lidded urns - Measure 1 1/2" high and 3/4" in diameter. Combined weight is 30 grams.
6.-7. Pair candlesticks - Measure 7/8" high with a 7/16" square base. Combined weight is 10 grams.
Combined weight of set is 190 grams.
Condition: Each piece of this set is in excellent Estate condition with no noted flaws.
The following information was taken from an article from the "Miniature Collector" magazine which is included. Vladimir Matusovsky "...worked as a jewelry maker in Russia and was taught by one of the best filigree makers there. After working as a jeweler for 10 years in Canada, Vladimir spotted a miniatures store and was coaxed into the hobby." Mr. Matusovsky died in 2008 but not before teaching his son Greg the craft of making silver miniatures and the love of the art. Greg has become a miniature dollhouse furniture and accessory artist in his own right and occasionally appears at certain International shows.
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