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    Sale 7598

    Russian Art

    11 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 452

    A jewelled gold and guilloché enamel brooch

    ST. PETERSBURG, 1896-1908

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    A jewelled gold and guilloché enamel brooch
    St. Petersburg, 1896-1908
    Of escutcheon form, the blue guilloché enamel ground with gold inscription around the central applied diamond-set Imperial coat-of-arms, in opaque white band border, surmounted by diamond-set ribbon cresting, marked on pin and pin-guard
    1½ in. (3.8 cm.)
    The Russian inscription reads: 1879 1904 'TOV.NEFT.PROISV.BR.NOBEL/E.K.NOBEL' which translates as 'Oil Production Company of the Br[others] Nobel E. K. Nobel'

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    The Nobel brothers of Sweden are remembered for their valuable contributions that revolutionized the oil industry. The Nobel family moved to St. Petersburg in 1838 where their father, Immanuel Nobel set up an engineering factory. Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) was a famous chemist and philanthropist who founded the Nobel Prize Fund. His brothers, Robert (1829-1896) and Ludvig (1831-1888) established in 1879 a very successful Petroleum Company which was known as 'Brothers Nobel Oil Company' in Baku, Azerbajdan. The present brooch commemorates the 25 years during which the company operated.

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