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Box

  • Place of origin:

    St Petersburg (made)

  • Date:

    1898-1903 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Perkhin, Mikhail (maker)
    Fabergé (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Varicoloured gold with enamels and brilliant-cut diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    The Bequest of Sir William Seeds, K.C.M.G., HM Ambassador to Moscow 1939-40, through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    M.1-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Fabergé is famous for the enamelled and jewelled objects he made for Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra. He took over his father’s business in St Petersburg in 1872 and later also conducted extensive business through a London branch. In 1900 he won a gold medal at the Paris Exhibition. Fabergé’s carved hardstone figures and the superb quality of his enamelling influenced even the great French jewellery houses.

Like many 19th-century goldsmiths, Fabergé often found inspiration in earlier styles, including archaeological jewellery, the Baroque court of early 18th-century Dresden and France in the age of Louis XVI . Sometimes he is indebted to Russian traditions or to the East.

Physical description

Varicoloured gold presentation box with enamel and brilliant-cut diamonds. Decorated on the lid with the crowned cipher of Tsar Nicholas II, surrounded by Imperial eagles, commissioned from Carl Fabergé, mark of Mikhail Perkhin.

Place of Origin

St Petersburg (made)

Date

1898-1903 (made)

Artist/maker

Perkhin, Mikhail (maker)
Fabergé (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Varicoloured gold with enamels and brilliant-cut diamonds

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Mikhail Perkhin

Mark of Peter carl Fabergé

Dimensions

Length: 83 mm, Width: 83 mm, Depth: 27 mm

Descriptive line

Gold presentation box with enamel and brilliant-cut diamonds, with the crowned cipher of Tsar Nicholas II, surrounded by Imperial eagles, commissioned from Carl Fabergé, marks for 1898-1903 for Mikhail Perkhin.

Materials

Gold; Enamel; Diamond

Subjects depicted

Monograms

Categories

Containers; Jewellery; Metalwork; Royalty

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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