30 November 2015
A GOLD AND ENAMEL CIGARETTE CASE
MARKED FABERGÉ, WITH THE WORKMASTER'S MARK OF HENRIK WIGSTRÖM, ST PETERSBURG, 1903-1904, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 13818
Rectangular with rounded corners, enamelled overall in translucent green over a wavy guilloché ground, the borders with laurel swags on an opaque white enamel ground, with integral thumb-piece, marked inside cover and base
3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) long
Presented to Prince Heinrich of Prussia (1862–1929) by Nicholas II on a visit to Swinemünde in 1907. The cigarette case is listed in the ledgers of the Imperial Cabinet with a cost of 1,000 roubles.
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Exhibition catalogue, Fabergé, New York, 1983, illustrated p. 75, no. 198
New York, A La Vieille Russie, Fabergé, April 22-May 21, 1983, no. 198.
The present cigarette case was given to Prince Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929), during the Swinemünde voyage of Emperor Nicholas II in 1907.
A meeting between Nicholas II and his cousin Emperor Wilhelm II of Prussia took place in a German Baltic-coast spa town Swinemünde on 4 August 1907. The meeting was intended to reorganise and secure the political situation in Europe.
Prince Heinrich of Prussia was the brother of Emperor Wilhelm II of Prussia and Commander of the High Seas Fleet. It is documented that he attended the meeting in Swinemünde together with Wilhelm II.
We are grateful to Valentin Skurlov for his assistance with the research of the present lot.
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