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    Sale 7598

    Russian Art

    11 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 462

    A two-colour gold cigarette-case

    MARKED FABERGÉ, WORKMASTER'S MARK OF AUGUST HOLLMING, ST. PETERSBURG 1896-1908, WITH SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 4249

    Price Realised  

    A two-colour gold cigarette-case
    marked Fabergé, workmaster's mark of August Hollming, St. Petersburg 1896-1908, with scratched inventory number 4249
    Rectangular, the body decorated with alternating reeded bands of yellow and red gold, with a nephrite push-piece, later engraved with an inscription inside the cover, marked inside cover and base
    3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.)
    The inscription inside reads: 'Humphrey/November 27th 1946/Vienna - Lime Kiln'.


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    Count Alexander Benckendorff (1849-1917), was Russian Minister in Copenhagen before becoming the last Russian Ambassador to the Court of St. James's, London, from 1903. After his death, his widow Countess Sophie Benckendorff purchased Lime Kiln in Suffolk. Their grand-daughter, Countess Nathalie Benckendorff, married [Thomas] Humphrey Brooke CVO on 27th November 1946. Humphrey Brooke CVO (1914-1988) was the secretary to the Royal Academy from 1952 until 1968 and a distinguished rose grower at Lime Kiln.

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    Provenance

    Count Alexander Benckendorff and by descent to Countess Nathalie Benckendorff.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF MRS HUMPHREY BROOKE