Lot 12
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Grand Duke Mikhail Mikhailovich: Two Russian gold-mounted hardstone desk seals, Samuel Arnd, St. Petersburg, circa 1880

12,000 - 18,000 USD
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  • gold, lapis lazuli, agate, enamel
the taller carved of lapis lazuli, with gold Neo-Gothic mount, the matrix cut with the arms of Russia and the Grand Duchy of Baden; the second with handle enameled in turquoise with a Neo-Rococo mount, the matrix cut with the cypher of Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich, 72 standard 


Grand Duke Mikhail Mikhailovich (1861-1929) and thence by descent
Sold Christie's London, 8 June 2010, lot 189, illustrated

Catalogue Note

These desk seals probably belonged to Grand Duke Mikhail Mikhailovich's parents: Princess Cecily of Baden (1839-1891), who took the name Olga Fedorovna on her conversion to Orthodoxy, and Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich (1832-1909).