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A SILVER JARDINIÈRE
A SILVER JARDINIÈRE
A SILVER JARDINIÈRE
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A SILVER JARDINIÈRE

MARKED K. FABERGÉ WITH IMPERIAL WARRANT, MOSCOW, 1895, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 9832

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A SILVER JARDINIÈRE
MARKED K. FABERGÉ WITH IMPERIAL WARRANT, MOSCOW, 1895, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 9832
Of oval form, the body reeded around the base and chased with berried laurel and flowerheads along the rim on a stippled ground, both sides applied with laurel festoons centring medallions surmounted by a ribbon crest, one medallion engraved with a cypher of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich, and the other with a crowned Cyrillic monogram 'PA', the angular handles decorated with rams' heads, the four hoof feet with acanthus terminals, with a detachable silver-plate liner, marked under base
18 ½ in. (47 cm.) wide, across handles
122 oz. (3,812 gr.)

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Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich (1860-1919) was the youngest child of Alexander II, the brother of Alexander III, and the uncle of Nicholas II. In 1889 he married Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, but their marriage was short lived as Alexandra died in 1891. Grand Duke soon began a relationship with Olga Karnovich, the future Princess Paley, a married woman with three children.

Ultimately, Olga divorced her husband and Paul requested permission from his nephew Nicholas II to remarry, a request which was refused by the Emperor who disapproved of Olga’s divorced status. Banished from Russia, the couple married in 1902 in Livorno, Italy, had three children together and later settled in France.

It was not until 1912 that Nicholas II recognised Paul and Olga’s morganatic marriage, which encouraged the couple to move back to Russia in 1914. After the Revolution, Grand Duke Paul was arrested in 1918 and executed by the Bolsheviks. Princess Paley and her daughters escaped revolutionary Russia and later settled in Paris.

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