24 April 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 5,000
Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000
A PARCEL-GILT SILVER AND NIELLO COWRIE-SHELL BOX
PROBABLY VELIKII USTIUG, CIRCA 1815
The cowrie-shell forming the body, with wave mount and flat parcel-gilt hinged cover depicting Emperor Alexander I and Empress Elizabeth Alexeievna, in niello, after the engraving The Peace for Europe by C. Caredelli, with Russian inscriptions, with further later inscription inside the cover, apparently unmarked
3 in. (7.8 cm.) long
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The inscription reads: 'Peace has been achieved by your victories' and 'Europe has been saved by your steadfastness'. The inscription inside the cover reads: 'VB Gift from Ulita Romadina 1828 Yakutsk'.
The Italian engraver Salvatore Caredelli worked in St. Petersburg from 1797. The Peace for Europe dates from 1814.
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