Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mastery of Design: The Russian Imperial Stickpin, 1890

Austria, 1890
The Victoria & Albert Museum
I like this. Here, we see a gold stick pin with a head enameled in red and set with rose-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds in the form of a Russian imperial crown above the monogram E

Made in Vienna around 1890 by an unknown jeweler, this stickpin was possibly made for Elizabeth Feodorovna (1864-1918), daughter of Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and the Rhine. Elizabeth married the Grand Duke Serge of Russia (1857-1905) in 1884.

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