20 May 2015
PROPERTY FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF GRAND DUKE GEORGE MIKHAILOVICH
A JEWELED GOLD-MOUNTED GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL AND NEPHRITE HAND-SEAL
BY FABERGÉ, APPARENTLY UNMARKED, CIRCA 1902, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 5819
The ovoid nephrite handle with diamond finial, above a diamond set gold collar, on spreading circular base enameled in translucent white over hatched guilloché ground, the hardstone matrix engraved with the crowned initial 'M' for Grand Duchess Marie Georgievna, apparently unmarked, numbered on lower border
1½ in. (3.8 cm.) high
Purchased by Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna (1875-1960) from Fabergé’s St. Petersburg branch on August 14, 1902 for 70 roubles.
Grand Duchess Marie Georgievna (1876-1940).
Princess Nina Georgievna Chavchavadze (1901-1974).
Prince David Pavlovich Chavchavadze (1924-2014).
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