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CIGARETTE CASE

Made by: Grachev Brothers

Currently in storage


About this object

Oblong box has a hinge which was made to hold flint for lighting. Box has two sections with covers, one for cigarettes and a small one for matches. All over formal decoration is in plique-à-jour enamel in red, white, royal blue, yellow and green.

Category:
enamels
Object name:
CIGARETTE CASE
Made from:
Silver gilt -- enamel
Made in:
RUSSIA: Saint Petersburg
Date made:
ca. 1882-1896
Size:
10.8 × 6.4 cm (4 1/4 × 2 1/2 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
15.71
Class:
ENAMEL
Signature marks:
MARK GRACHEV" Stamped inside center of cover. All in Cyrillic caps inside a rectangular frame with rounded corners. silver standard mark; city mark [crossed anchors and sceptre for St. Petersburg] 88 Stamped inside cover. The two marks are contained within an oval. These so-called "doubles" (joined marks on a single poinçon) were introduced in the Assay Charter of 1882. maker's mark AP Stamped inside cover. Cyrillic caps in a square frame. Presumably the initials of an unknown workmaster who worked for the Grachevs. inscription [crown] NN Engraved on cover of box. Monogram of the Cyrillic initials N.N. beneath the crown of a prince (kniazheskaia korona). maker's mark AP Stamped inside base of box. Cyrillic caps in a square frame. Presumably the initials of an unknown workmaster who worked for the Grachevs. silver standard mark; city mark [crossed anchors and sceptre for St. Petersburg] 88 Stamped inside base of box. The two marks are contained within an oval. These so-called "doubles" (joined marks on a single poinçon) were introduced in the Assay Charter of 1882. maker's mark GRACHEV" Stamped inside box. All in Cyrillic caps inside a rectangular frame with rounded corners.
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"Russian Enamels: Kievan Rus to Fabergé"