Object of Desire

Made by Fabergé workmaster August Holmstrom, this silver gilt and lavender enamel cigarette case was bought by Empress Alexandra Fedorovna as a gift for her husband.

11th May, 2013
Silver gilt and lavender enamel cigarette case (estimate £150,000 to £200,000).

Made by Fabergé workmaster August Holmstrom, this silver gilt and lavender enamel cigarette case was bought by Empress Alexandra Fedorovna as a gift for her husband, Nicholas II, Czar of Russia, to mark the birth of their second daughter, Grand Duchess Tatiana, on May 29, 1897.

Moved to storage in the Kremlin Treasury in early 1917 for safe-keeping, the Imperial Collection was nationalised after October 1917 and made available for sale in the late 1920s.

In 1931 the...

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