Cup Trophy with Moscow Kremlin and Florals, hand-painted in
traditional Palekh manner, signed "D Kuznetsova" by the
artist, circa late 1940s - mid 1950s.
Silver-plated metal, paint, and lacquer; stands 12 ¾ " tall
(32.5 cm); measures approx. 5" in width in its widest
section, 4½" at the base. An unusually large and beautiful
The hand-painted patriotic artwork is executed in
traditional Palekh folk art manner, while its style is
typical "Soviet Empire" of Stalin era. This piece was
clearly painted by a very professional and talented artist.
Note in particular the central panel a beautifully detailed,
almost photographic quality image of the main Spassky tower
of the Moscow Kremlin on a sunny day. At the bottom under
the tower is a signature of the female artist who painted
the cup "D Kuznetsova". The florals in Russian folk style
on wave blue background are of similarly stunning quality.
Just like the painted artwork, the masterfully done metal
parts in high tri-dimensional profile are in the typical
early Soviet Empire style virtually unchanged from the late
The silvered base is engraved "Transferable Trophy of the
Regional Sports Union to the Winner of the Regional Ski
Tournament". The word "transferrable" means that the cup was
not permanently awarded to a team or an individual, but
rather passed from one team to another year after year based
on results of the annual tournament. This practice was
similar to the transferrable award banners or other prizes
temporarily issued to teams of workers or entire enterprises
for best results in labor during a particular time period,
typically a year.
The trophy is in good overall condition. It held its shape
perfectly over the decades and has none of the usual dents
or nicks. As is often the case, the lid is missing. There
are chips to the lacquered blue portions of the base and
some less significant chips and flakes to the blue parts at
the very top under the lip. The artwork on the main portion
of the cup however is bright and almost perfectly preserved
having only a couple of nearly unnoticeable miniscule
flakes, free of scratches or other significant wear. The
base is sturdy and sound, although it has some barely
perceptible bumps to its bottom edge. The silver plating is
practically prefect throughout and shows very attractive
Overall, this is an extremely impressive and uncommon piece.
Its massive size suggests that it might have been awarded to
an enterprise or team of workers rather than an individual.
Whatever may be the case, this trophy can now serve as the
important centerpiece of a serious Soviet collection.
Please note, medal in our photo is for size reference.