A rare glass Coronation Cup, Daum Nancy, French, 1896
engraved, gilt and enamelled after the design of the Khodynka Cup of Sorrows, with applied initials for Nicholas and Alexandra and the Russian Imperial Eagle, the base inscribed 'Tsar Nicolas II / Gobelet du Couronnement / Fac-Simile / Naum ‡ Nancy / fecit 1869', otherwise unmarked
height 10.5cm, 4⅛in.
Overall in very good condition; with only minor surface wear to the gilding and scratches consistent with age.
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The Khodynka Cup of Sorrows, also known as the Blood Cup, was part of the commemorative gift sets distributed as souvenirs during the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna in 1896. The celebrations that took place on the Khodynka Field in Moscow were marred by a devastating stampede, resulting in the deaths of over a thousand people. The tragedy was perceived by many as an omen of Nicholas II's future reign, earning him the nickname 'Nicholas the Bloody'.