• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2308

    Russian Art

    23 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 51

    A Pair of Jeweled Two-Color Gold Cufflinks

    BY FABERGÉ, WITH THE WORKMASTER'S MARK OF AUGUST HOLLMING, ST. PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1900

    Price Realised  

    A Pair of Jeweled Two-Color Gold Cufflinks
    By Fabergé, with the workmaster's mark of August Hollming, St. Petersburg, circa 1900
    Each with a terminal formed as an Imperial double-headed eagle centering a cabochon sapphire, connected by a gold-link chain to a bar chased with acanthus leaves and set with cabochon sapphires at either end, marked on loops
    1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm.) long (2)


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    A wide range of gifts bearing the state emblems of the Imperial eagle, crown, and cap of the Monomakh, was presented by the Cabinet of His Imperial Highness to Russian subjects and foreigners alike. Such gifts, which were often adorned with small precious stones, included cufflinks, cigarette cases, tie pins, brooches, bracelets and watches. For a further discussion of gifts with state emblems, see U. Tillander-Godenhielm, The Russian Imperial Award System during the Reign of Nicolas II, 1894-1917, Helsinki, 2005, pp.191-219.

    For a related pair of cufflinks, see U. Tillander-Godenhielm, op cit, p. 208, No. 87, illustrated; sold Sotheby's, London, May 23, 2002, lot 49.

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