A SILVER AND cloisonne ENAMEL-MOUNTED LEATHER DESK-FOLIO

MARKED P. OVCHINNIKOV WITH IMPERIAL WARRANT, MOSCOW, 1896-1908

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Rectangular, the blue morocco upper cover applied with a silver plaque decorated with an headpiece of stylized birds with floral and foliate scrolls in pale colours with the inscription 'A Monsieur Emile Loubet President de la Republique Française la Noblesse de Moscou 1902', within border in pale and dark blue and white, the lower cover applied with cornerpieces of foliate sprays around semispherical feet, the interior and blotter lined with blue moire silk, and containing a manuscript document on vellum from the leaders of the Moscow nobility signed by Prince Pierre Troubetzkoi, Count Michel Olsoufieff, Prince Serge Mastschersky, Prince Paul Dolgoroukoff and another, marked on upper mount, in the original red silk and velvet lined box, the cover stamped in Russian 'Court Manufacturer P. Ovchinnikov of silver and jewelled wares Moscow' with Imperial warrant