Description

    A TWO-COLOR GOLD CIGARETTE CASE
    Marked Fabergé, Workmaster August Hollming, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917
    3-3/8 inches (8.6 cm) long
    4.0 ounces (gross)

    The slim cigarette case overall decorated with alternating vertical bands of rose and yellow gold, applied with a nephrite thumbpiece, later engraved with an inscription inside the cover reading Humphrey/November 27th 1946/Vienna - Lime Kiln

    PROVENANCE:
    Count Alexander Benckendorff;
    By descent to Countess Nathalie Benckendorff;
    Sotheby's, London, June 12, 2007, lot 516;
    Mrs. Humphrey Brooke;
    Christie's, London, June 11, 2008, lot 462.

    For a similar gold case by August Hollming, see J. Traina, The Fabergé Case, New York, 1998, p. 142.

    August Fredrik Hollming (1854-1913)


    Born in Loppi, Finland, Hollming became a registered goldsmith in St. Petersburg in 1876. He first opened a workshop at 35 Kazanskaya Street and in 1900, moved into the Fabergé shop at 24 Bolshaya Morskaya Street. There, as workmaster, he specialized in gold and enameled jewelry, miniature egg pendants and boxes. Fabergé cigarette cases were usually entrusted to either Henrik Wigström or August Hollming. One of the finest examples of Hollming's oeuvre is an imperial presention box in diamonds and yellow guilloché enamel in the Collection of the H.M the Queen Mother.


    Estimate: $18,000 - $20,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Some surface wear and scratches and minor dents.

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