A JEWELLED GOLD-MOUNTED GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL CIGARETTE-CASE
A JEWELLED GOLD-MOUNTED GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL CIGARETTE-CASE

BY HAHN AND WITH THE WORKMASTER'S MARK OF CARL BLANK, ST. PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1896

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A JEWELLED GOLD-MOUNTED GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL CIGARETTE-CASE
by Hahn and with the workmaster's mark of Carl Blank, St. Petersburg, circa 1896
Of rectangular form with rounded corners, overall enamelled in translucent pale green enamel over guilloché sunburst ground, each side incorporating twenty-six flies set with diamonds and rubies, with gold-mounted cabochon ruby pushpiece, engraved inside, 'Quinze années de bonheur', fully marked
3 5/16in. (8.5cm.) long
Provenance
A La Vieille Russie, New York, February 1987
Literature
Forbes, C. & Tromeur-Brenner, R. Fabergé, The Forbes Collection, New York, 1999, p. 260, ill. p. 261

Lot Essay

Recent research done by Valentin Skurlov, has uncovered new information about the relationship of the firm of K.Gan [Hahn], as well as that of Fabergé, and the workmaster previously known only by his initials C.B. Carl Carlovich Blank was born in Finland, then a Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire, in 1860. Registered as a gold and silversmith since 1885, he worked from 1892 until 1909 for the reknowned firm of K. Hahn, being made partner in 1911. After the death of K. Hahn's son Dmitrii, he continued with the firm in the production of diamond commissions from the Imperial Cabinet for orders and decorations. He was awarded prizes for excellence at the 1896 exhibition at Nizhnii-Novgorod, and in 1917, by the Imperial Cabinet as a mark of appreciation. According to Evgenii Fabergé's comments on the firm of Fabergé written in 1937, Blank worked for Fabergé, but he gave no further details.
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