Lot 329
  • 329

A pair of Fabergé jewelled gold, enamel and hardstone cufflinks, workmaster Henrik Wigström, St Petersburg, 1908-1917

Estimate
12,000 - 18,000 GBP
Sold
32,500 GBP
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Description

  • silver, gold, enamel, diamond, hardstone
each carved of bowenite as a standing elephant, its howdah a white enamelled castle turret terminating in a large faceted diamond, the numnah of translucent red enamel over hatching applied with a rose-cut diamond within a white opaque enamel border, gold tassels, each bar of bowenite wrapped with a red enamel band, struck with workmaster's initials and KF in Cyrillic, 56 standard

Catalogue Note

For other St Petersburg objects struck with both workmaster's initials and KF in Cyrillic, please see, for example, the Romanov Heirlooms cigarette case by Aarne, sold, Sotheby's London, 30 November 2009, lot 14; and the hatpins by Hollming, sold, Sotheby's London, 30 November 2011, lot 610.

During the years 1908-1917, four of Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna's nephews and three of her grandnephews were made Knights of the Danish Order of the Elephant.  The four nephews: Prince Erik of Denmark (1908), Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark (1909), Prince Viggo of Denmark (1911), and The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII (1914).  The three grandnephews: Prince George of Greece, later King George II (1909), Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark, later King Frederick IX (1912), and Prince Knud of Denmark (1912).  Also knighted was her late husband's first cousin, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich (1909).  It is suggested here that either she or her son Emperor Nicholas II may have commissioned these cufflinks from Fabergé as a gift to a newly knighted relative, or perhaps for Count Vladimir Frederiks, the Emperor's Imperial Household Minister, who was knighted in 1909.

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