A GOLD IMPERIAL PRESENTATION MEDALLION MOUNTED AS A DIAMOND-SET AND ENAMEL BROOCH

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by Faberge, workmaster Henrik Wigstrom, St. Petersburg, 1899-1908, the eggs by Faberge, workmasters Henrik Wigstrom, Erik Kollin and one unmarked, St. Petersburg, circa 1900

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Designed as a rose-cut diamond-set life-buoy with twisted gold ropework, enclosing a small gold medallion chased with the cyphers N II and A, below a double-headed eagle and a blue enamel Cyrillic inscription 'In Recognition of Loyalty', the reverse engraved 'P.K. Gudim Levkovich, 1 January 1900', both in Cyrillic, suspending three detachable miniature eggs of red, white and navy blue guilloche enamel, two with a diamond-set shooting star and a fleur-de-lys, one with an en plein enamel cherub (small enamel chips), diameter of brooch l'Ain. (3.2cm.), in original fitted hollywood case stamped with the Imperial Warrant of Faberge, St. Petersburg, Moscow

This jewelled brooch appears to be a unique Faberge creation, commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II, to commemorate the retirement of His Majesty's Cabinet Director, Pavel-Kostantinovich Gudim-Levkovich, on January 1, 1900

General Gudim-Levkovich enjoyed a close and lasting relationship with the Imperial Family during much of his distinguished military career. Born in 1842 into a noble family of Serbian origin, he attended various military academies and participated in numerous campaigns including the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, when as a Colonel, he acted as 'attache a la personne' or personal page of the Tsarevitch. According to historian Marvin Lyons, Gudim-Levkovich was particularly admired by Alexander III for his clear and concise intellect. In 1885 he became Tutor in Military Sciences to the future Emperor Nicholas, and ten years later, served on his Coronation Committee, and was appointed Cabinet

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