The three reserves on the side of the vessel are framed by floral garlands and acanthus leaves. They are peopled by Zeus, Hermes and Mars, while the central motif on the cover is Apollo playing his harp. The rim of the lid is decorated with landscapes, houses and animals.
The 8in (21cm) high tankard weighs over 43oz (1236g) and was created by an unidentified silversmith in Moscow, whose marks are the initials AK and BM and a crown.
There is no doubt about the date: the assayer’s mark is that of 1747.
The tankard has a guide of €7000-14,000.