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Made by: Fabergé __Firm __gold mounts ||Perkhin, Mikhail __Workmaster

On view in: Mansion Exhibit - Icon Room - Case 3 - Shelf 3

About this object

Oval shaped body is in amethyst quartz. Lid mounted in gold with thumb piece formed of a cabochon emerald and sprays of leaves in tiny diamonds and rubies; on top a reclining lion in spinel with diamond eyes. Around him is a row of emeralds and outside them a row of larger rose cut diamonds. This is an Indian mogul piece mounted by Faberge on box.

Object name:
Container for Smoking and Tobacco Use
Made from:
Gold -- diamonds -- emeralds -- amethyst quartz -- carved spinel
Made in:
RUSSIA: Saint Petersburg
Date made:
H. 2 9/16 in., W. 2 13/16 in.
overall __6.51 CM __7.14 CM

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
MARK __inside lid: crossed anchors and scepter, 56 for gold standard, signed Fabergé in Cyrillic, MP in Cyrillic (initials of workmaster Mikhail Perkhin); assay mark of St. Petersburg before 1899
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Displayed in exhibition:
Hammer Galleries, 1952
The Art of Peter Carl Faberge A la Vieille Russie, a loan exhibition for the benefit of the Scholarship fund of the Manhattan School of Music, October 25 - November 7, 1961.
Fabergé in America, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Feb. 16, 1996 - May 11, 1997, New York, Richmond, New Orleans and Cleveland.
Carl Faberge Kostbarkeiten Russischer Goldschmiedkunst, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, May 30 - Sep 3, 1989.
Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C., 2014
Featured in publication:
Odom, Anne. Fabergé at Hillwood. Edited by Nancy Eickel. The Hillwood Collection Series. Washington, D.C.: Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 1998.
Odom, Anne and Liana Paredes Arend. A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum. Edited by Nancy Eickel. Alexandria, VA: Art Services International, 1998.
Odom, Anne and Wendy R. Salmond, ed. Treasures into Tractors: The Selling of Russia’s Cultural Heritage, 1918-1938. Washington, D.C.: Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 2009. Distributed by University of Washington Press.