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    Sale 1989

    Russian Art

    18 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 290

    A Silver-Gilt and Guilloché Enamel Presentation Salt

    MARKED FABERGÉ, ST. PETERSBURG, 1904-1908, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 14061

    Price Realised  

    A Silver-Gilt and Guilloché Enamel Presentation Salt
    Marked Fabergé, St. Petersburg, 1904-1908, scratched inventory number 14061
    The hemispherical bowl enameled in strawberry red over a guilloché ground, the silver-gilt border with engraved inscription in German 'A salt cellar from the banks of the Neva strengthens the bonds of friendship', marked under base
    1½ in. (4.8 cm.) diameter


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    Presented to Princess Hedwig Lobkowitz by Count Leopold von Berchtold during his post as Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to Russia. Appointed ambassador to Russia in 1907, Berchtold served until 1912, when he was appointed foreign minister. The Princess was the great-granddaughter of Prince Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz, a leading patron of the arts in Vienna and the patron of Beethoven. Beethoven's Third Symphony was rededicated to Prince Lobkowitz, at whose palace it was first performed, with the composer as the conductor.

    Provenance

    Christie's, London, July 11, 1967, lot 94