Faberge. An important two-colour gold and jewelled Cigarette Case

Workmaster Henrik Wigstrom

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Of rectangular form, the lid centred by a diamond set interlaced monogram K.P. within a ribbon-bound laurel wreath, the outer border chased with laurel garlands and leaves, interspersed with diamonds, the corners applied with diamond set flower heads, and four cabochon sapphires, raised diamond diamond-set thumbpiece, the base repeating the design of the lid in green and yellow gold, the interior of the lid engraved with a band of scrolls, makers mark, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917. It is possible that the cypher on this box is that of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich (1858-1915), who used the letters K.P. as his literary monogram.