Sep 10, 2008

Cigarette Case

Cigarette Case

c. 1915–1917


House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842–1918)


Ivan Savelevich Britzin


Silver box, enamel over engine-turned ground, gold mounts, moonstone

Overall: 8.5 x 5.1 x 1.6 cm (3 3/8 x 2 x 5/8 in.)

The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.468



This silver cigar box is distinguished by the fluid, painterly quality of the wave-like pattern created in enamel—a hallmark of the House of Faberge's silver production in the pan-Slavic or neo-Russian taste. This style coincided with various Arts and Crafts movements underway in the late 19th–early 20th centuries in Western Europe and America that emphasized traditional craftsmanship and forms inspired by medieval and folk styles.

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