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    Imperial Russian Silver Toilet Box from the Wedding Service of Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna and Maximilian, Duke of Leuchtenberg
    Marked Nicholls & Plincke, St. Petersburg, 1839, by Carl Johan Tegelsten, assaymaster Dmitri Tverskoy. stamped on base and cover

    Oval with gilt interior, the shaped hinged cover with ovolo-bracket border, resting on double lion-paw feet, the front with crowned initials of the Grand Duchess within a cartouche, the back with Romanov Imperial double-headed eagle below crown-10 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.

    Nicholas I's eldest daughter, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna (1819-1876), married Maximilian de Beauharnais, Duke of Leuchtenberg (1817-1852) in 1839. Her union with the grandson of Napoleon's wife, Josephine, was severely criticized by many Russians, who had memories of the Corsican upstart's invasion 27 years earlier in 1812. Nevertheless, the couple made their home in Russia, and Nicholas I granted Maximilian the title of Imperial Highness.

    Purchased from A la Vieille Russie

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2008
    24th Thursday
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