• Galerie Popoff: An Enduring Pa auction at Christies

    Sale 7677

    Galerie Popoff: An Enduring Passion for Russian Art

    12 - 13 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 362

    A jewelled gold cigarette case


    Price Realised  


    A jewelled gold cigarette case
    Unrecorded Cyrillic maker's mark AN, St Petersburg, circa 1890
    Rectangular, with rounded corners, the exterior engraved to simulate snake skin, with cabochon garnet push-piece, in the original silk and velvet lined case, stamped in Russian, 'K. Buhler/Bolshaya Morskaya No 9/St. Petersburg, marked inside cover and base
    3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm.) long

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    Christian Buhler was born in 1855 and held Würtemberg citizenship. In 1870 he became the Court jeweller and in 1878 established a shop specialising in gold and diamond-set items in St Petersburg, at Bolshaya Morskaya 9 (the shop was later owned by C. Bock). The shop traded until the beginning of the 20th century.

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