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    Sale 7598

    Russian Art

    11 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 430

    A jewelled and enamelled gold cigarette-case

    ST. PETERSBURG, 1908-1917, UNKNOWN WORKMASTER'S MARK IN CYRILLIC IP, POSSIBLY FOR IVAN PANFILOV

    Price Realised  

    A jewelled and enamelled gold cigarette-case
    St. Petersburg, 1908-1917, unknown workmaster's mark in Cyrillic IP, possibly for Ivan Panfilov
    Oblong, the hammered gold body applied on the cover with a circular translucent red champlevé enamel plaque with crowned initials BE and a silver sword with Russian inscription and with cabochon sapphire thumb-piece, the interior with later inscription, marked inside cover and base
    3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) long
    The inscription in Russian on a silver sword reads 'Za otlitchnuyu rubku'. The further inscription reads: 'From Arthur V Day. 8.5.45'.


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    Ivan Panfilov (b. 1870) is recorded as working in St. Petersburg between 1902-1917, and working for Fabergé.
    (T. Fabergé, A. Gornia, V. Skurlov, Fabergé and Petersburg Jewellers, St. Petersburg, 1997, p. 132.)

    The Cyrillic initials IP are also recorded as found in combination with Fabergé's mark (G. von Habsburg, Fabergé, London, 1988, p. 332).

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