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OCTAGONAL BOX WITH MINIATURE OF TSAREVICH ALEXEI

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OCTAGONAL BOX WITH MINIATURE OF TSAREVICH ALEXEI

Made by: Henrik Immanuel Wigström

On view in: Icon Room


About this object

Box is octagonal and the two pieces, lid and box, are each made from one piece of nephrite. Hinges are in red gold with a border of acanthus leaves in green gold. In center of lid is a miniature of the Tsarevich in the uniform of the Imperial Infantry Regiment, to which all male members of the Romanov family belonged. He is wearing star, ribbon and badge of the Order of St Andrew and the star of the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky. Miniature is framed in a narrow carved border of red gold and around it are decorative mountings of acanthus leaves and swags in red and green gold. The miniature of the Tsarevich is not original to the box and may have replaced a miniature of a woman in 18th century dress as described in 1935.

Category:
goldwork
Object name:
OCTAGONAL BOX WITH MINIATURE OF TSAREVICH ALEXEI
Made from:
Gold -- nephrite -- ivory -- watercolor on ivory
Made in:
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Date made:
1899-1914
Size:
1 1/8 × 3 1/8 in. (2.9 × 7.9 cm)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.82
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
MARK: Kokoshnik left (1899-1908); HW in Latin script (workmaster Henrik Wigström) [On inner edge of lid] MARK: Kokoshnik to the left; AR (assay master A. Rikhter, St. Petersburg 1899-1903 or Alexander Romanov 1908); 56 for gold standard; signed Faberge in Cyrillic; HW [Inner edge of box] SCRATCH: scratch mark 311099 or 3/109-9 [Inner edge of box]
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"Fabergé at Hillwood"