New York, Park Avenue
15 April 1997
A TWO-COLOR JEWELLED GOLD AND GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL BONBONNIÈRE
marked Fabergé, workmaster Michael Perchin, St. Petersburg, circa 1890, with scratched inventory number 43170
Compressed circular, the hinged base and cover of translucent red guilloché enamel with mounted 10-ruble pieces of Catherine the Great dated 1765 and 1769, on the cover bordered by rose-diamonds, the base by chased and engraved laurel band, with floral thumbpiece of a cushion-cut yellow diamond flanked by two rose-diamond trefoils, marked on rim
2 1/8in. (5.4cm.) diam.
Lord Ivar Mountbatten
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M.Y. Ghosn, Objets de Vertu par Fabergé, (Paris, 1996), no.111.
Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Fabergé, Hofjuwelier der Zaren, (1986), no.463 illustrated.
The 10-ruble gold coins, called 'Imperials', were the heaviest coins minted during the reign of Catherine the Great (1762-1796); see H.M. Severin, Gold and Platinum Coinage of Imperial Russia, (New York, 1958), pp.21-28.
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