• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2308

    Russian Art

    23 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 59

    A Jeweled and Enameled Gold Cigarette Case

    MARKED FABERGÉ, WITH THE WORKMASTER'S MARK OF HENRIK WIGSTRÖM, ST. PETERSBURG, 1908-1917, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 20162

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    A Jeweled and Enameled Gold Cigarette Case
    Marked Fabergé, with the workmaster's mark of Henrik Wigström, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917, scratched inventory number 20162
    Rectangular with rounded corners, enameled overall with opaque white enamel stripes between bright-cut borders, the ends with trails of green and red enamel leaves and berries, the hinged cover with a diamond-set thumb-piece, one end fitted with a vesta compartment enclosing a match strike, marked inside cover and base
    3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) long


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    The ledgers of Fabergé's London branch record that this cigarette case was sold to Mrs. P. Nelke on June 14, 1910 for 303 rubles.

    Related designs are illustrated in U. Tillander-Godenhielm, et al, Golden Years of Fabergé: Drawings and Objects from the Wigström Workshop, Paris, 2000, pp. 48-49 and 159, pl. 125.

    For a comparable cigarette case, see The Manolo March Collection from Son Galceran, Mallorca, Christie's, London, October 29, 2009, lot 442.

    Provenance

    Sotheby's, New York, June 14, 1999, lot 323.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.