Lot 60
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Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna: A Fabergé Imperial Presentation jeweled gold cigarette case, workmaster August Holmström, St. Petersburg, circa 1895

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 USD
Sold
23,750 USD
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Description

  • gold, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, enamel, silk, velvet
rounded rectangular, the exterior engraved with parallel lines partially covered with a samorodok surface, the upper left corner with gem-set Imperial cypher of Maria Pavlovna, the reverse with a lion's head and the motto 'True to the End' in enameled in royal blue champlevé, struck with workmaster's initials, 56 standard, and scratched number 2940, contained in original fitted case

Provenance

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna (1854-1920)
Princess Catherine Galitzine Campbell (1897-1988), a gift from the above
Thence by descent

Catalogue Note

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna (1854-1920) gave this unusually heavy and beautifully jeweled gold cigarette case to her maid of honor (freilin) Princess Catherine (Ekaterina) Pavlovna Galitzine, daughter of Prince Paul Golitsyn (1856-1914/16), Nicholas II’s Master of the Imperial Hunt and an Actual State Councilor, and his wife, Princess Alexandra Meshcherskaya (1864-1941), a maid of honor (freilin) to Empress Alexandra. The marriage produced two sons and five beautiful and talented daughters; Catherine was the third.  Although the Golitsyn family was large, Catherine Galitzine, as it was spelled in emigration, had particularly close ties to the Imperial court through both her father and her cousin Prince Mikhail Golitsyn (1840-1918), who served as Chancellor to the court of Grand Duke Vladimir and Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna from 1901 to 1918. These family ties helped the young Catherine to secure a position in Maria Pavlovna’s court, which rivaled the Imperial court in splendor. In the dark days of the Revolution and Civil War, the loyal young Catherine stayed by the Grand Duchess’ side. Catherine escaped Russia as well, although records and family traditions are unclear as to whether she accompanied the Grand Duchess or members of her family.  She was able to make her way to the south of France, where she met Captain James Haldane Adair Campbell (1893-1945), a son of the Laird of Tullichewan and great-grandson of William F. Havemeyer, the illustrious mayor of New York. The couple married in London in 1922. Probably to honor her new family’s history, the Princess commissioned a jeweler to add the Campbell family crest and motto (“True to the End”) to the underside. After Campbell’s death from an illness contracted while fighting in World War II, Princess Catherine worked as a journalist and writer. We are grateful to Princess Catherine’s descendants for assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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