Cigar Box

Cigar Box

c. 1896-1908

workmaster

attributed to Feodor Ivanovich Rückert

(Russian, 1840-1917)

maker

House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842-1918)

Silver gilt, enamel, sapphire set in gold; [reproduction silk tinder cord, gold and moonstone catch]

20.2 x 13.5 x 4.2 cm (7 15/16 x 5 5/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

Gift from various donors by exchange 2018.28

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Fun Fact

Peacocks were considered a symbol of imperial royalty in Russia.

Description

Fabergé’s craftsmen in Moscow became known for their work in the pan-Slavic or neo-Russian taste, hearkening back to 17th-century styles of Russian folk decoration. In this whimsically oversized box for cigars or loose tobacco, Fabergé used the technique to highlight a symbol of imperial royalty, the preening peacock, here rendered in brilliant hues of blue and green enamels.

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