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A Russian silver-mounted ceramic playing card holders, Petr Fariseev, Moscow, 1899-1908. The ceramic body glazed sky blue, the upper rim of the oval card holder with a Neoclassical silver mount cast & chased with a band of leaf tips & beads, the underside stamped 1804 in the paste, indicating that it was almost certainly made at the Kuznetsov porcelain manufactory in Moscow, the silver mount struck with maker’s mark, 84 silver fineness standard (equivalent to 875), & French control mark. 3 in. h x 3 ¾ in. w x 2 in. d (7.5 x 9.7 x 5 cm).
Formerly in the collection of the journalists & publishers Pierre Lazareff (1907-1972) & Hélène Gordon-Lazareff (1909-1988). Pierre Lazareff was the founder of the newspaper France-Soir; at the time of his death it was the largest circulation newspaper in France. Hélène Gordon-Lazareff was born in Russia but fled to France in 1917. She founded the magazine Elle in 1945 after working at The New York Times and Harper’s Bazaar while living in exile in the United States during the German occupation of France.
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