• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2308

    Russian Art

    23 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 47

    A Jeweled Gold Presentation Pin

    BY FABERGÉ, WITH THE WORKMASTER'S MARK OF MICHAEL PERCHIN, ST. PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1896

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    A Jeweled Gold Presentation Pin
    By Fabergé, with the workmaster's mark of Michael Perchin, St. Petersburg, circa 1896
    Diamond-shaped, centering a circular lattice of alternating diamonds and rubies, the beveled sides inscribed in Russian 'From the Heir to the throne, Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich' and the reverse further inscribed, 'To the commander of the guard...pod'esaul of the Ural voisko, George Kondratievich Borodin...on the 30th of July, 1891', marked on pin
    1 in. (2.5 cm.) long


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    George Kondratievich Borodin was born in 1860 into a prominent family of Ural Cossacks. In 1884, he earned the rank of podesaul and, in 1896, the rank of esaul. Borodin served in the Russo-Japanese War and, having earned the rank of major-general in 1917, fought on the side of White Army during the Revolution. In March of 1920, he surrendered to the Red Army and was sent to a concentration camp in Northern Dvina, where he was executed in March of 1921.

    The residence of the Ural atamans hosted such important guests as Tsarevich Alexander Nikolaevich in 1837, Lev Tolstoy, and Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich in 1891. It was presumably on the occasion of the latter visit that the present pin was given to Borodin by the Tsarevich.

    Provenance

    Christie's, New York, October 19, 2001, lot 155.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.