A Fabergé nephrite, ruby and diamond cigarette case
of oval section, set with square-cut rubies and rose-cut diamonds, struck Fabergé in Cyrillic, scratched inventory
length 8,3cm, 3¼in.
Overall in good condition; with only minor surface wear and scratches consistent with age. The area around the lower left corner of the aperture with an internal crack, not to the surface. One rose diamond missing. Accompanied by a Cisgem short report n. 11512 dated 19.09.2018, confirming the material (nephrite).
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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For a similar example please see G. von Habsburg, Fabergé-Cartier: Rivalen am Zarenhof, Munich, 2003, cat. 168, p. 197.