AN IMPORTANT AND RARE JEWELLED GOLD AND guilloche ENAMEL IMPERIAL PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX
MARKED FAUERC'.Г‰ WITH IMPERIAL WARRANT, WORKMASTER MICHAEL PeRCHIN, St. PeTERSUURC, 1 896-1 908
Oval, the body with panels of green translucent guilloche enamel over waved ground with white opaque enamel edging and gold rim, between bands of gold sable bands decorated with white opaque pellets and translucent green leaves, the cover with the jewelled crowned cypher of Tsar Nicholas II in an oval cartouche, set with cushion- and rose-cut diamonds on translucent white enamel over sunburst ground, within a gold sable rim decorated with translucent green enamel leaves alternated with three large and two small cushion-cut diamonds, the base set with similar green translucent sunburst guilloche ground, marked inside cover and base, in original velvet and silk-lined leather case, the cover applied with a gilt double-headed Imperial eagle
The Imperial Russian Court and more especially under the reign of Nicholas II was most reknown amongst the European Courts, for its lavish and expensive gifts to foreign dignitaries coming to Russia.
The responsibility of purchasing and allocationg these gifts, under the strict supervision of the Tsar, was given to the Imperial Cabinet which was keeping a number of well detailed ledgers.
These ledgers contain the description of each item, its cost, the name of the Court supplier and the name of the recipient.
Thanks to the laborous research of Valentin Skurlov, our consultant in St. Petersburg, we are now able to trace the full background of one of the Faberge Imperial presentation snutf boxes which were the most coveted items amongst the Imperial gifts.