ME-1249, Feb. 8, 1937
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Article No. ME-1249
Round snuffbox of spinach green Ural jade with hinged lid, mounted in gold. On the cover, set in diamonds, is the crown and monogram of Nicholai II, backed with two laurel sprays in green gold of exquisite workmanship, also set with diamonds. The top and bottom rims are engraved in delicate dot and dash design, while through the center runs a fillet of finely chased acanthus leaves in green gold and several tiny rosettes of red gold.
This superb example of the jeweler’s art was designed by the celebrated jeweler to Nicholai II, Carl Faberge, and is hall-marked with his full name, the initials of his leading artist, Mikhail Perchin, the number “56” denoting the equivalent of 14 karat gold, the wreathed head of the government assay office, and the initials of the gold inspector “YL”.
From the collection of Nicholai II, last Czar of Russia, in the Alexander Palace, Tsarskoye Selo.
Mrs. John L. Pratt February 8th, 1937.
FROM THE HAMMER COLLECTION – 682 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK
- Feb. 8, 1937
- Hammer Galleries (Organization)
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The collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Lillian Thomas Pratt.
Hammer Collection, Hammer Galleries, Fifth Avenue
Digitization of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Archives has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository
Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
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