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    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 39

    A Jewelled Gold-Mounted Guilloché Enamel Cigarette-Case

    MARKED FABERGÉ, WITH THE WORKMASTER'S MARK OF MICHAEL PERCHIN, ST PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1890, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 49834

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    A Jewelled Gold-Mounted Guilloché Enamel Cigarette-Case
    Marked Fabergé, with the workmaster's mark of Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, circa 1890, scratched inventory number 49834
    Rectangular of oval section, enamelled with panels of translucent orange over a wavy guilloché ground, applied with gold bands, with stylized leaf and berry, bright-cut and white enamel borders, with roundels at the corners, centering a seed-pearl within white enamel pellet border, hinged cover with a rose-cut diamond push-piece, marked on flange and inside cover
    3½ in. (8.8 cm.) long


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    For a similar cigarette case see The Kazan Collection, Christie's, New York, 15 April 1997, lot 106.

    Lady Paget (b. 1853), née Mary 'Minnie' Fiske Stevens, was the daughter of a wealthy Boston hotelier. The family, who had moved to New York in the 1860s, entertained Edward, Prince of Wales at their Fifth Avenue hotel when he visited America. Upon her father's death, the family took up residence in England and the Prince of Wales reciprocated their hospitality, entertaining Minnie and her mother at Sandringham and Marlborough House. Following her marriage to Sir Arthur Henry Paget, Minnie became an early patron of Fabergé in London, organising numerous charitable exhibitions which were well attended by her Anglo-American contemporaries.

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    Provenance

    Lady Arthur Paget.
    By direct descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY