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    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 27

    A Jewelled Gold Presentation Cigarette Case

    MARKED FABERGÉ, ST PETERSBURG, 1908-1917, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 25876

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    A Jewelled Gold Presentation Cigarette Case
    Marked Fabergé, St Petersburg, 1908-1917, scratched inventory number 25876
    Rectangular with rounded corners, the plain cover set with the crowned Cyrillic monogram of Emperor Nicholas II, with a cabochon sapphire push-piece, the interior of the base engraved with the inscription in Russian, 'Ot tovarishchei' and the later inscription in English, 'To Nicholas Ruwe Grosse Pointe Mich', marked inside cover and base
    3½ in. (8.9 cm.) long


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    L. Nicholas Ruwe was a former United States Ambassador to Iceland and held positions at the highest levels of public service. Ruwe was assistant chief of protocol at the U.S. State Department from 1969 to 1975. He later served as a senior staff member and a consultant to President Ronald Reagan's election campaigns and from 1980 to 1984 was chief of staff in New York for former President Richard M. Nixon.

    Mr. Ruwe served as Ambassador to Iceland from 1985 to October 1989, during which time he was responsible for the operation of the 1986 summit between President Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev. The government of Iceland awarded Mr. Ruwe its highest honour, the Order of the Falcon, with a star and a cross.

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    Provenance

    Ambassador L. Nicholas Ruwe, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA.
    An American private collection.