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