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Lina Cavalieri: A silver trompe l'oeil box, Gershi Lizerin, Moscow, dated 1898
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 6,000 GBP
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509
Lina Cavalieri: A silver trompe l'oeil box, Gershi Lizerin, Moscow, dated 1898
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 6,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Lina Cavalieri: A silver trompe l'oeil box, Gershi Lizerin, Moscow, dated 1898
rectangular with canted sides, engraved and repoussé as a lidded basket draped with linen, the underside of the base inscribed in French 'To Miss Lina Cavalieri/ souvenir from/ Miss Miliketti/ 25.VIII.1898', gilt interior, 84 standard
width 13.8cm, 5 3/8 in.
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Catalogue Note

Lina Cavalieri (1874-1944) was an Italian soprano and actress.  The inscribed date of 25 August 1898 on which the Russian singer E.V. Miliketti gave the present lot to Cavalieri corresponds to the date of a triumphant benefit concert performance by the Italian at the Aquarium Theatre in St Petersburg.  The Petersburg Leaflet reported that 'the theatre shook with applause when the benefit artiste appeared on the stage.... The rapturous delight of the public exceeded all bounds' (P. Fryer and O. Usova, Lina Cavalieri: The Life of Opera's Greatest Beauty, 1874-1944, London, 2004, pp. 23-24). 

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