Monday, July 8, 2013

Mastery of Design: The Rhodonite and Rose Diamond Cigarette Case, 1911

Rhodonite, Gold and Rose-Cut Diamond Cigarette Case
Presented to King George V, 1911
Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Fabergé's Henrik Emanuel Wigström (1862-1923), created this handsome cigarette case of rhodonite, gold, and rose diamonds in 1911.  

The Grand Duke Michael of Russia purchased this case from Fabergé's London branch on 6 July 1911 at the cost of £64).  July 6 was the wedding anniversary of  King George V and Queen Mary whose coronation was in 1911.  The Grand Duke presented the King and Queen with this case to mark the anniversary.  George V proudly displayed this magnificent piece with his important collection of cigarette cases and snuffboxes.

The rounded rectangular case of rhodenite boasts gold hinges and silver mounts. Pierced diamond-set strapwork mounts flank the silver thumbpiece which has been set with a large rose diamond.

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