|Box of Gold, Enamel, Diamonds and a MiniatureHenrik Wigström forFabergé, 1913|
Purchased by Queen Mary for King George V
The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of:
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Made for Fabergé by the celebrated Henrik Wigström (1862-1923), this box of gold, guilloché enamel, rose and brilliant diamonds, and a miniature en grisaille (in a limited, mostly gray, color palette) depicts Peter the Great's Monument. It was made in 1913 for Prince Vladimir Galitzine; from whom purchased by Queen Mary, September 10, 1934. Mary presented the box to King George V on Christmas Day of 1934.
The scene shows Etienne Falconet’s monument in St Petersburg which was completed in 1782, glorifying Peter the Great’s absolutism. The miniature is designed to look like a cameo. The painting was the work of Vassily Zuiev, a miniaturist employed by Fabergé, and is dated 1913, the year of the Romanov tercentenary.