A RARE AND IMPORTANT PARCEL-GILT, CHAMPLEVÉ, EN PLEIN AND GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL CIGAR BOX
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A RARE AND IMPORTANT PARCEL-GILT, CHAMPLEVÉ, EN PLEIN AND GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL CIGAR BOX

MARKED KHLEBNIKOV WITH THE IMPERIAL WARRANT, MOSCOW, 1875

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A RARE AND IMPORTANT PARCEL-GILT, CHAMPLEVÉ, EN PLEIN AND GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL CIGAR BOX
MARKED KHLEBNIKOV WITH THE IMPERIAL WARRANT, MOSCOW, 1875
Rectangular, the hinged cover, sides and base chased, engraved and champlevé enamelled to simulate woodgrain and tax bands, the centre of the cover further engraved and enamelled with the Dolgorukov coat-of-arms beneath a ribbon inscribed in blue champlevé enamel ‘El Principe Dolgorouki’, gilt interior, further engraved with the monogram ‘WA’ for Prince Vladimir Andreevich Dolgorukov (1810-1891) under cover, marked inside cover and base

8 1/8 (20.7 cm.) wide
37.7 oz. (1,172.5 gr.) gross
Provenance
Commissioned for Prince Vladimir Andreevich Dolgorukov.
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, Geneva, 14-15 May 1985, lot 290.
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Lot Essay

As Mayor of Moscow from 1865 until 1891, Prince Vladimir Andreevich Dolgorukov (1810–1891) heavily modernised Moscow and its nearby regions. He created Red Cross centres during the 1877-1878 Russo-Turkish war and introduced gas lighting and clean water supplies. Under his leadership Moscow hosted many cultural and industrial exhibitions and became one of the most vibrant cities in Russia at the turn of the century.

The present cigar box was commissioned in 1875, the year Vladimir Dolgorukov celebrated his ten year jubilee as Mayor. It was most likely a gift for the occasion. Dolgorukov received great recognition for his achievements and was awarded the title of 'Honorary Citizen of the City'.

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