A Fabergé silver and glass canister, workmaster Julius Rappoport, St Petersburg, 1899-1903
4,000 - 6,000 GBP
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- silver, glass
cylindrical, the lower sides cast with scales and inset with five silver 1-rouble coins of Peter I (dated 1723), Anna Ioannovna (1736), Elizabeth (1751), Peter III (1762) and Catherine II (1776), gadrooned foot rim, gilt interior, the reeded pointed dome cover with fir cone finial, associated glass insert, struck with workmaster's initials and K.Fabergé in Cyrillic beneath the Imperial Warrant, 88 standard, scratched inventory numbers 7127 (lid and base) and 6810 (lid)
According to the Imperial ledgers, this item was brought to the Imperial hunting lodge at Skierniervice, Poland in 1903 for presentation. This was the Emperor's first visit to his official Polish residence and was marred by the tragic death of his niece, Princess Elisabeth of Hesse. Despite typhoid being given as the cause of death it was rumoured that a poison, intended for the Emperor, had claimed an unintended victim.