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AN IMPORTANT CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL SILVER-GILT BRATINA
AN IMPORTANT CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL SILVER-GILT BRATINA
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AN IMPORTANT CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL SILVER-GILT BRATINA

MARKED K. FABERGÉ WITH IMPERIAL WARRANT, MOSCOW, 1899-1908, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 22763

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AN IMPORTANT CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL SILVER-GILT BRATINA
MARKED K. FABERGÉ WITH IMPERIAL WARRANT, MOSCOW, 1899-1908, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 22763
Of tapering bulbous form, raised on a circular foot, the body repoussé and cloisonné enamelled with stylised flowerheads and scrolling foliage, the centre enamelled with an Imperial double-headed eagle, the upper border enamelled with a geometric motif on black ground, the foot with four vacant reserves, marked under base
9 ½ in. (24 cm.) high
Provenance
By repute, presented to Admiral Paul Louis Germinet (1846-1914) in May 1902.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Geneva, 10 November 1976, lot 129a.
Acquired at the above sale by the late owner.
Literature
G. von Habsburg and A. von Solodkoff, Fabergé: Court Jeweler to the Tsars, Fribourg, 1979, listed p. 77, pl. 91.

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Paul Louis Germinet (1846-1914) was a French naval officer. Germinet commanded the cruiser Pothuau in 1897 during the official visit of the French president Felix Faure to Russia, when the Franco-Russian Alliance was publicly announced aboard this vessel. Nicholas II met the president and the French delegation again in Cronstadt aboard the French cruiser Montcalm in May 1902. It is possible that this bratina was presented to Paul Louis Germinet during this visit as one of a large number of diplomatic gifts, that were well documented in 'Niva' and 'Moskovskiy listok' newspapers from May 1902.

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