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An emperor’s Fabergé gift at the sales of Russian art at Piguet auction house in December 2020.


The exquisite gift from Nikolai II to the German emperor’s court marshal with a strong provenance will be put up for sale in Geneva on December 8th-10th, 2020. This extremely rare article from Fabergé will top the list of Russian lots, among them a collection of 35 Easter eggs that belonged to Prince and Princess Aga Khan from the Imperial Porcelain Factory, art from battle scene painter Krasovsky, Nikolai Pavlovich (1840-1896), and Russian serving sets from the XIX century.

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Decorative Fabergé box artisan Mikhail Perkhin
Decorative Fabergé box with red guilloche enamel,
workmaster Mikhail Perkhin (1860-1903).
The lid is adorned in the centre with a monogram of Emperor Nikolai II, the sides contain griffins from the Romanov crest. Saint-Petersburg,
6.4*10.6*2.8 cm, 293 g.
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The top lot at the auction will be the decorative Fabergé box with red guilloche enamel by workmaster Mikhail Perkhin (estimated at 100,000-150,000 CHF) with a strong provenance. The box was acquired by the Ministry of the Imperial Court of Nikolai II for giving gifts in accordance with Russian tradition. As the box was intended for the emperor’s personal use, it does not contain the inventory number that is displayed on all Carl Fabergé articles manufactured for sale in the shop. However, there is detailed information about the box in the imperial archive. The box was presented to Lieutenant-General Feodor von Feldmann, Head of the Imperial Alexander Lyceum on December 3rd, 1897, and 13 days later - on December 16th, 1897 - it was returned to the imperial archive in order to exchange it for a monetary reward. Two years later, on November 15th, 1899, the article was presented to Baron Maximilian von Lyncker, Court Marshal to German Emperor Wilhelm II. The Russian Emperor and the German Kaizer met in Potsdam on November 8th, 1899, where Baron Maximilian von Lyncker, who facilitated the strengthening of the relationship between the two parties, was also in attendance. As a result, the box made its way to Europe and became part of the von Lyncker family collection. The box was later discovered in Switzerland in the personal safe of collector and hotelier François Dupré in 1966 - the owner of such hotels in Paris as the George V and the Plaza Athénée. The item was then passed down as inheritance to the current owner (since 2002).

Provenance:

  • Presented as a gift by Emperor Nikolai II to Lieutenant-General Theodor Feldmann (1835-1902), Head of the Imperial Alexander Lyceum, December 3rd, 1897.
  • Returned to the imperial archive by Lieutenant-General Feodor von Feldmann on December 16th, 1897.
  • Presented as a gift by Emperor Nikolai II to Baron Maximilian von Lyncker (1845-1923), Marshal to the Household of German Emperor Wilhelm II, on November 15th, 1899.
  • Was discovered in Switzerland in François Dupré’s safe following his death in 1966, the article was then passed down as inheritance.
Krasovsky, Nikolai Pavlovich (1840-1896).
Krasovsky, Nikolai Pavlovich (1840-1896).
“L'éruption” (“The Eruption”).
Oil/canvas, signed and dated 1868.
80*119.5 cm.
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“The Eruption” (estimated at 15,000 - 25,000 CHF) by battle scene, seascape, and landscape painter Krasovsky, Nikolai Pavlovich shows a volcano erupting under the full moon from the point of view of the sea. Krasovsky was an auditor at the Imperial Academy of Arts from 1870, and in 1874 he received two small silver and one big (complimentary) medal. Works of the artist are on display in the Russian museum.

Provenance:

  • Sotheby’s, London, 2007, # 119.
A gold-plated tea and coffee set in a black leather case intended for travel
A gold-plated tea and coffee set in a black leather case intended for travel.
Russia, XIX century 35 items.
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Another important lot is the gold-plated tea and coffee set in a black leather case intended for travel , Russia, XIX century. (Estimated at 10,000 - 15,000 CHF). The set is adorned with repoussé in the shape of flowers in the rococo style, each item contains a monogram. Was probably sold in the English shop Nicholls & Plinke, which was located on the corner of Nevskiy blvd. and Bolshaya Morskaya av. in Saint-Petersburg. The set consists of 35 items: A teapot, a heating burner, a stand, two trays, a basket for cake, tongs, a strainer, 12 spoons, and a bowl by Carl Tegelsten, dated 1843, a coffee pot, a tea-brewing pot, a milk pot by Robert Hennell II, London, dated 1843, 12 gold-plated spoons by Sazikov, 1872. Nicholls & Plinke were the suppliers of the emperor’s court.

A set of cutlery for 12 people in a leather case.
A set of cutlery for 12 people in a leather case.
Likely the Nicholls & Plinke shop in Saint-Petersburg.
Consists of 24 spoons, 12 teaspoons, 12 knives, 12 forks, 12 buffet forks, 2 spatulas, and 1 ladle. 87 items altogether.
1848
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The set of cutlery for 12 people in a leather case (estimated at 4,000-6,000 CHF) was likely sold in the reputed English shop Nicholls & Plinke in Saint-Petersburg, 1848. Consists of 24 spoons, 12 teaspoons, 12 knives, 12 forks, 12 buffet forks, 2 spatulas, and 1 ladle. 87 items altogether.

Toiletries case for travelling, Johann Hertz and Anders Long, for English shop Nicholls & Plinke in Saint-Petersburg
Toiletries case for travelling, Johann Hertz and Anders Long, for English shop Nicholls & Plinke in Saint-Petersburg,
c. 1850. 28*33*15 cm.
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A toiletries case for travelling, Johann Hertz and Anders Long, for English shop Nicholls & Plinke in Saint-Petersburg, c. 1850 (estimated 3,000 - 5,000). Diamond glass, lids are adorned with rococo-style embossing, has a mirror. Retains a green tag with the name of the shop. Nicholls & Plinke were the suppliers of the emperor’s court.

Five porcelain Easter eggs.
Five porcelain Easter eggs.
Imperial Porcelain Factory.
End of XIX century, 9-11 cm.
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Five porcelain Easter eggs (estimated at 1,500-2,000 CHF) from the collection of Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan. Catherine Aga Khan said that her husband would bring her back one of these Easter eggs, which he bought on 5th Avenue, after each of his trips to New York. Altogether, the auction on December 8th will feature 35 Easter eggs divided into 8 lots.

Tea and coffee set.
Tea and coffee set.
workmaster Adolf Shper (1799-1857).
Saint-Petersburg, 1855, 1685 g.
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A teapot, coffee pot, milk pot, and sugar pot (estimated at 1,000-1,500 CHF) in an unusual pumpkin shape by workmaster Adolf Shper (1799-1857).

Decorative box. Artisan Ivan Saltikov.
Decorative box.
workmaster Ivan Saltikov.
Cloisonne enamel, Russia of the XIX century, 7*11 cm, 160 g.
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A decorative box (estimated at 500-700 CHF), adorned with cloisonne enamel in the form of a botanical ornament. Engraving by workmaster Ivan Saltikov, Moscow, 1891.

Provenance:

  • presented as a gift to Frantz Fulpius ‘FF’ in 1907;
  • has been in the same family until now.
Two books of fairy tales with illustrations by Bilibine, Ivan Yakovlevich (1876-1942).
Two books of fairy tales with illustrations by Bilibine, Ivan Yakovlevich (1876-1942).
“Vasilisa the Beautiful”, 1902.
“The Tale of Tsar Saltan” A.S. Pushkin, 1905 (1906).
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Collection of two books with cardboard covers with illustrations by Bilibine, Ivan Yakovlevich (estimated at 300-500 CHF), State Printing Office (currently the Goznak Corporation), Saint-Petersburg: “Vasilisa the Beautiful”, 1902 and “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” A.S. Pushkin, 1905 (1906).

Note:

  • very good general condition;
  • signs of use.
Stamped Wine Glass
Stamped Wine Glass
workmaster Fyedor Ivanov
Moscow, 1880, 14.5 cm, 160 g.
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The stamped wine glass (estimated at 300-500 CHF) by workmaster Fyedor Ivanov, Moscow 1880, is adorned with botanical motif stamping and friezes.

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