Enamel > A Russian jeweled gilded silver and guilloché enamel Imperial presentation cigarette case, the Third Artel

A Russian jeweled gilded silver and guilloché enamel Imperial presentation cigarette case, the Third Artel, Saint Petersburg, 1908-1917. The rounded rectangular case enameled sky blue over a moiré engine-turned ground, the borders chased with a dash and dot pattern, the thumbpiece set with diamonds, the hinged lid with a diamond-set Imperial eagle, contained in the original blue leather-bound, silk- and velvet-lined case of jeweler Alexander Tillander of Saint Petersburg, the cover stamped with the gilt Imperial eagle. Dimensions: 3 ¾” x 2 ½” (9.5 x 6.3 cm).

Condition: Some areas of restoration.

Provenance: Sotheby’s Geneva, 18 May 1995, lot 328

Saint Petersburg’s Third Artel was formed by a number of Fabergé’s former masters and was known for creating delicate objects decorated in guilloché enamel. Existing records indicate that the firm was only just getting its footing as World War I engulfed Europe. Despite the difficulty of the period and the war-related shortages soon plaguing jewelers and other artists, they produced exquisite objects in Fabergé’s tradition. Saint Petersburg’s Third Artel was formed by a number of Fabergé’s former masters and was known for creating delicate objects decorated in guilloché enamel. Existing records indicate that the firm was only just getting its footing as World War I engulfed Europe. Despite the difficulty of the period and the war-related shortages soon plaguing jewelers and other artists, they produced exquisite objects in Fabergé’s tradition.

Price: $12,500

Item#: 1805-028

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