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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION

An Imperial Fabergé jewelled gold and enamel box, workmaster Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, 1895-1896
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION

An Imperial Fabergé jewelled gold and enamel box, workmaster Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, 1895-1896
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Details & Cataloguing

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An Imperial Fabergé jewelled gold and enamel box, workmaster Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, 1895-1896
of circular cushion form, the surface enamelled in translucent green over radiating engine-turning, the lid centred with a gold poltina coin (1777-1778) of Empress Catherine II within a rose-cut diamond-set border, diamond thumbpiece, struck with workmaster's initials, 72 standard, scratched inventory number 54277
diameter 3.7cm, 1 1/5 in.
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Provenance

Purchased jointly by Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna for 180 roubles in 1896.  The Empress' invoice from Fabergé reads, in German, 'Bonbonniere light green enamel, 1 coin, 30 roses [diamonds]' and records the purchase on 22 November; the Emperor's in Russian 'Bonbonniere green enamel with coin', noting the date as 18 December.  The dates noted suggest that the purchase was intended as a gift for the upcoming holidays.

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