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    Russian Gold and Diamond Imperial Presentation Cigarette Case
    Marked Carl Blank, St. Petersburg, 1908-17

    Overall decorated with a tapering reeded pattern, the hinged cover applied in the center with a Russian double-headed eagle set with rose and antique-cut diamonds, with cabochon sapphire pushpiece-3 5/8 x 2 3/8 in.
    In original red velvet fitted case stamped with a gold Imperial Russian double-headed eagle

    Like many of Russia's finest jewelers, Carl Carlovich Blank was born in Finland and moved to St. Petersburg to learn his trade. He registered in the capital as a gold and silversmith and joined the renowned firm of Karl Hahn at 26 Nevskii Prospect, being made partner in 1911. Awarded the Imperial warrant at the end of the 19th century, the firm competed with Fabergé for Imperial commissions. Carl Blank won prizes for excellence at an exhibition in 1896 and won favor with the Imperial family by specializing in the diamond presentation gifts for the Russian Court.

    Christie's, New York

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2008
    24th Thursday
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