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A jewelled four-colour gold imperial presentation snuffbox, probably Hanau, circa 1825
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A jewelled four-colour gold imperial presentation snuffbox, probably Hanau, circa 1825
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A jewelled four-colour gold imperial presentation snuffbox, probably Hanau, circa 1825
the lid applied with a paste-set cipher of Nicholas I, Emperor of Russia, below an imperial crown within a blue enamel graduated paste frame, surrounded by chased three-colour gold flower sprays on a sablé ground between six further silver collet-set pastes the sides and base patterned with engine-turning within blue enamel borders of stylised tulips and scrolls, the corners with corinthian columns, the lid with an engraved inscription reading: 'Presented by / the Emperor Nicholas / to / Lord Arthur Marcus Cecil Hill, / Secretary to HBM special Embassy: / to St Petersburg. / July 17, 1827 ', maker's mark MM incuse
8.9 cm., 3 1/2 in. high
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This box commemorates the role which Lord Arthur Marcus Cecil Hill (usually known as Lord Marcus Hill) played as secretary to the special embassy sent by Britain on a mission to St. Petersburg to invest Emperor Nicholas I with the insignia of the Order of the Garter. Led by Francis Charles, 3rd Marquess of Hertford, as chief plenipotentiary, the investiture took place with considerable pomp on 10 July 1827 at Tsarskoye Selo, about 15 miles south of St. Petersburg. Hertford’s suite included Lord Marcus, who bore the Ribband and George, Lord Seymour, the Garter, and several others. A full description of the occasion was published in The London Gazette on Tuesday, 31 July 1827 (pp. 1633-1635).

A few days later a less formal notice appeared in the London Press: ‘Letters from Petersburgh to the 18th of July [1827] inclusive have reached London. It appears that the Marquis of HERTFORD had left the Russian capital with the intention of returning over land. His suite had embarked, and would return by sea. The Marquis had been well received at the Court of the Northern Czar: he had been honoured with some splendid donations. Besides the usual diplomatic snuff-box, he will have to exhibit to his wondering and flattering friends, on his return, some choice specimens of malachite, and some superb columns of jasper, in commemoration of his own mission, and of the magnificent liberality of the Emperor NICHOLAS.’ (The Times, London, Friday, 3 August 1827, p. 2b)

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