A Faberge Imperial presentation partly-gilded silver and jeweled kovsh, Moscow

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A Faberge Imperial presentation partly-gilded silver and jeweled kovsh, Moscow circa 1900 the parcel-gilt silver bowl with wide stylized oak leaf and pellet border between double gilt bands, the raised prow dated 1914, the sides set with amethysts, the scroll handle with gilded reeded banding, the front inscribed in Cyrillic, 'Prize/August Patronage/Teriokski Naval Yacht Club of His Imperial Majesty Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich,' with gilded interior marked K. Faberge in Cyrillic with Imperial warrant and 84 standard, also with scratched inventory numbers: 4685 and 22807 length 8 1/8in. (20.6cm.) The kovsh, an oval drinking vessel with a side handle, often reflecting the silhouette of a duck, has undergone many stylistic and formal variations since its first recorded illustration on the table of Prince Yaroslavich in the 14th century manuscript, Legends of St. Boris and St. Gleb. The Grand Duke (1876-1938), nephew of Emperor Alexander III, a member of the Guard Equipage and Admiral a la suite of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor, married in 1905 Princess Victoria Melita, daughter of Alfred Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna (cf. lot 312). Princess Victoria (known as Ducky) was previously married to Grand Duke Ernst of Hesse-Darmstadt, brother of Empress Alexandra, in 1894. Princess Victoria's relationship with her first husband was never successful due to their great difference in temperament, together with her nursing of a grudge against her grandmother Queen Victoria, who had arranged the marriage. "Exasperated by her husband's fondness for male stable-hands and kitchen servants, Ducky sought consolation with the Grand Duke Kirill of Russia. This ill-starred marriage and 'the little spitfire' were the talk of every court from London to St. Petersburg." --J. Van der Kiste and B. Jordaan, Dearest Affie . . ., Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh,London, 1984, p. 164. She met Grand Duke Kirill in 1897 at her grandmother's Diamond Jubilee. Her marriage was dissolved in 1901 and their affair continued until 1905 when they married without permission from the Emperor. The Grand Duke was subsequently stripped of all military rank and ordered to leave Russia within forty-eight hours. His wife was not recognized as a Grand Duchess and the marriage was not valid in the eyes of the Orthodox Church as they were first cousins, a degree of consanguinity prohibited. In 1909, after much family pressure, Emperor Nicholas II allowed Kirill to return to Russia and restored the lost honours, but he did not grant retroactive approval of the marriage, nor did he consent to receive Kirill and Ducky. --G. King, Empress Alexandra (The Last Empress), New York, 1990, p. 112. "The most notorious episode in Kirill's life occurred after the start of the February Revolution of 1917. On 14 March he led his Naval Guards, which he commanded, to the Tauride Palace to pledge allegiance to the Duma (the new Provisional Government). He marched at the head of this force, many of whom had served as crew of the Emperor's yacht, and were one of the last effective military bodies in the capital on whom the Emperor might have relied. This was the day before the abdication of Emperor Nicholas II. After this act, breaking his oath to the Tsar, Grand Duke Kirill returned to his palace and raised the red flag above it. He was the only member of the Imperial family to betray his oath and go over to the revolution."--D. Chavchavadze, The Grand Dukes, New York, 1990, p. 230. In August 1924 he issued a 'manifesto' proclaiming himself "Guardian of the Throne" which he followed up a month later with another manifesto naming himself Emperor of all the Russias, and his son, Prince Vladimir Kirillovich, Heir and Grand Duke. Provenance: Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich Sold, Sotheby's, New York, December 14-15, 1983, lot 544 Exhibited: Faberge, The FORBES Magazine Collection. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, June 27 - August 12, 1984, No. 33 Faberge and the Edwardians: The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh, August 8-31, 1987, No. 40 The Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, September 5 - 26, 1987, No. 40 Faberge Silver from The FORBES Magazine Collection: Place des Antiquaires, New York, November 10, 1987 - January 31, 1988 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, June 11 - July 28, 1988 The Tennessee Botanical Gardens and Fine Arts Center at Cheekwood, Nashville, October 3-28, 1988 The High Museum Antique Show, Atlanta, November 17-20, 1988 The Bank of California, Seattle, December 1, 1988 - January 6, 1989 The St. Louis Antiques Show, May 24-29, 1989 The Oklahoma Arts Center, Oklahoma, October 15, 1989 - January 1, 1990 The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, January 28 - April 8, 1990 The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, September 1 - October 8, 1990 The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, November 10 - December 17, 1990 Sotheby's, London, January 1-28, 1991, p. 36 Mint Museum, Charlotte, October 7-9, 1994 Russian Easter with Faberge, sponsored by the Faberge Arts Foundation at the Russian Embassy, April 23, 1995, Washington, DC Faberge in America: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 16 - April 28, 1996 Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, May 25 - July 28, 1996 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, August 24 - November 3, 1996 New Orleans Museum of Art, December 7, 1996 - February 9, 1997 The Cleveland Museum of Art, March 12 - May 11, 1997 Literature: Geza von Habsburg, ed. Faberge in America,Thames and Hudson, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, 1996, p. 236 Alexander von Solodkoff, Masterpieces from the House of Faberge, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1984, p. 173