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SNUFFBOX WITH MINIATURES OF NICHOLAS I AND ALEXANDRA FEDOROVNA

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SNUFFBOX WITH MINIATURES OF NICHOLAS I AND ALEXANDRA FEDOROVNA

On view in: Icon Room


About this object

Miniatures of Nicholas I and his wife Alexandra Fedorovna, framed in diamonds and chased gold, are mounted on a cobalt blue transparent enamel ground. A motif of leaf scrolls in red, green, and yellow gold, chased on a stippled ground, forms a border on the box. Carved on the sides are clusters of leaves and military trophies, also on a stippled ground. Decorating the bottom of the box is a double-headed eagle in yellow gold framed by sprays of oak and laurel leaves -- symbols of strength and victory -- that are rendered in green gold. The outer border has clusters of military trophies alternating with clusters of leaves, all carved in green and yellow gold.

Category:
goldwork
Object name:
SNUFFBOX WITH MINIATURES OF NICHOLAS I AND ALEXANDRA FEDOROVNA
Made from:
Gold -- enamel -- watercolor on ivory -- rose diamonds
Made in:
RUSSIA: Saint Petersburg
Date made:
ca. 1826
Size:
2.1 × 9.4 × 6.8 cm (13/16 × 3 11/16 × 2 11/16 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.39
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
MARK Keibel inside lid and bottom written in Latin script mark 73, MK and illegible date bottom three hall marks: MK for assayer Mikhail Mikhailovich Karpinskii, active 1825-1838, round illegible mark probably St. Petersburg city mark, scratch 694 scratch mark bottom mark two owls side French import mark after 1893
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"Russian Enamels: Kievan Rus to Fabergé","A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum"