Cigarette Case

Cigarette Case

c.1885

House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842-1918)

Eric Kollin

(Russian, 1836-1901)

workmaster

Tan tree agate with ribbed gold mounts and interior gold cigarette restraints set with cabechon sapphire thumpiece

Overall: 6.7 cm (2 5/8 in.)

Gift of Howard F. Stirn 2009.23

Fun Fact

Created during Finnish-born Erik Kollin’s last year as Fabergé’s chief workmaster.

Description

This cigarette box displays one of the quintessential qualities of chief workmaster Erik Kollin’s craft—mounting superior vessels cut from agate with tasteful gold mounts. This casing is so delicate and finely made that the contents, held inside by a simple yet elegant bar, would almost be visible from the exterior. This particular box is made from a tan tree agate that is reminiscent of a patterned fish or tortoise.

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