• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 373

    An Important Enamelled Gold and Silver-Gilt Sash Badge and Star of the Order of St Andrew the First-Called

    THE BADGE MARKED WITH THE CYRILLIC INITIALS KS, ST PETERSBURG, 1856, THE STAR MARKED WITH THE CYRILLIC INITIALS PA, NO TOWN OR DATE MARKS

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    An Important Enamelled Gold and Silver-Gilt Sash Badge and Star of the Order of St Andrew the First-Called
    The badge marked with the Cyrillic initials KS, St Petersburg, 1856, the star marked with the Cyrillic initials PA, no town or date marks
    Designed as the black enamel Imperial Russian eagle applied with the Saint Andrew cross with the Saint crucified upon it, surmounted by a red guilloché and enamel Imperial crown, marked on loop; the Star with central enamelled double-headed eagle surrounded by the motto in Russian, 'For Faith and Loyalty' on blue enamel ground, within a circular border and silver sunburst, marked on reverse; with the original pale blue moiré silk sash, sold together with a note with inscription in Russian, Andrew Star having belonged to V.K. Konstantin N.
    The badge 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm) high (3)


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    Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich (1827-1892) was the second son of Emperor Nicholas I and brother of Emperor Alexander II.

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    Provenance

    Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich, a gift from Emperor Alexander II in 1856, at the time of his coronation