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1291, Apr. 11, 1936

 Item — Box: SC-07 Box 1, Folder: 5, Item: SC07.01.5.067
Identifier: SC07.01.5.067

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Transcription: [double-headed eagle] The Schaffer Collection of Russian Imperial Art Treasures ROCKEFELLER CENTER, NEW YORK April 11, 1936 #1291 An unusually fine gold and silver seal of the round fluted type, mounted on the top with an exquisitely modelled monkey holding in its hands a human skull. The monkey is contemplating the skull and in its animated attitude is a rare example of the silversmith’s art. In the base is set a white agate which is engraved with the monogram of Alexander Alexandrovitch, or Alexander III, father of Nicholas II, the late Czar of Russia. Made by Thomas Cole of London. From the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo.

Mrs. John L. Pratt


  • Creation: Apr. 11, 1936


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lillian Thomas Pratt.

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Schaffer Collection, Russian Imperial Art Treasures, Rockefeller Center

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Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository

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