Fabergé Imperial Presentation Silver Cigarette Case
    Workmaster August Hollming, St. Petersburg, 1899-1908

    The silver case set with a gold Romanov crown above the cipher of Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna (1830-1911), daughter of Joseph, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg, wife of Constantine Nikolaevich, second son of Tsar Nicholas I and Alexandra Fedorovna, with a cabochon moonstone thumbpiece-2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.

    Fabergé workmaster, August Hollming (1854-1913)

    Born in Loppi, Finland, August Fredrik 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 headworkmaster Henrik Wigström or August Hollming. One of the finest examples of Hollming's oeuvre is an imperial presentation box in diamonds and yellow guilloché enamel in the Collection of H.M. the Queen Mother.

    Purchased from Marie E. Betteley, New York

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