PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION
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Fabergé designed an array of boxes with sepia painted enamel views of monuments and buildings in Russia, including a box with a view of the Fortress of St. Peter and St. Paul in St. Petersburg in the Forbes Magazine Collection (Geza von Hapsburg and Marina Lopato, Fabergé Imperial Jeweler, New York, 1994, p. 363, fig. 261) and special commissions such as the Iussupov music box in the Hillwood Museum (Anne Odom, Russian Enamels, London, 1996, pp.184-185, fig. 118). For additional examples, see Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm, et al, Golden Years of Fabergé, Drawings and Objects from the Wigström Workshops, Graulhet, 2000, pp. 146-149, illustrated. Complementing the boxes with Russian views are frames and boxes with views of buildings and locations in England, five of which are in the British Royal Collection, and boxes with views of Thai royal palaces in the Thai Royal Collection.
Snowman identifies the view on the cover of the present box as Wellington Arch in London (Snowman, op cit, p. 26), but closer inspection reveals it to be Narva Triumphal Gate in St. Petersburg. Commemorating the Russian victory over Napoleon, Narva Triumphal Gate was erected on Narva Square in 1814 and redesigned and rebuilt by Vasilii Stasov between 1827 and 1834. Standing atop the arch is Nike, the Goddess of Victory, in a triumphal car drawn by six horses, sculpted by Piotr Karlovich Klodt (1805-1867).