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Discussions about Russian History => Imperial Russian Antiques => Topic started by: Alexandre64 on June 09, 2008, 11:32:12 AM

Title: Cigarette Box
Post by: Alexandre64 on June 09, 2008, 11:32:12 AM
Hello,
I start to new subjects to talk and exchange pictures on cigarette boxes which were a daily objects at the beginning of XXéme and appreciate objects in the royal and imperial of all countries.
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Alexandre64 on June 09, 2008, 11:34:45 AM
I started by cigarette boxes typical of Russian art:

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/3281221.jpg
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/3281241.jpg
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/3281711.jpg
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/1210952134460801.jpg
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on June 09, 2008, 01:04:56 PM
Hello, Alexandre64!  May I direct you to the catalogue of the exhibition  "Faberge in America," which was presented Feb. of 1996 - May of 1997 in five different locations in the USA, beginning with the Metropolitian Museum of Art in New York City and ending at The Cleveland Museum of Art, (cleveland, Ohio) within the dates given above.  The exhibition was organized by the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (California) with the aid of Faberge Co.  The catalogue of the exhilition was authored by (Dr.) Geza von Habsburg with the input of others.  The publisher is Thames and Hudson Ltd., Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1996.  (I have the ISBN numbers - soft and hardcover- should you require them.)  I attended the exhibition twice and there was an IMMENSE number of such cases covering one entire wall !  They are the property of an American collector of cases, John Traina, "consultant in a variety of international businesses, world traveler and author.  Within a span of twenty years, Traina has amassed a unique collection of five hundred Russian works of art, including three hundred cigarette cases by Faberge (see cat. nos. 354-75, 377-83)." ( From the catalogue chapter, "Faberge Collectors Today," p. 274. )    I might add that several of his cases that were displayed were of beautifully worked and mounted WOOD.  Not all were of Imperial provenance; in fact there was one decorated with the emblem of the Moscow Automobile Club!  Perhaps you could locate this catalogue.  The pictures are very fine!  Best regards,  AP.

Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Alexandre64 on June 09, 2008, 02:41:11 PM
Thank you for this information, Aleksander Pavlovich.

Alex.
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on June 09, 2008, 04:15:52 PM
You are very welcome, Alexandre64!    Best regards,  AP.
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Alexandre64 on June 10, 2008, 01:34:31 AM
Cigarette box offered by Nicolas II to the winner of the race horse to Kranosie Selo in 1906 (gold and cabauchon Saphir):
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/1210952034881201.jpg

Cigarette box with the Contesse belong Brasowa (silver):
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/12109521320922821.jpg
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Alexandre64 on June 10, 2008, 03:01:33 PM
Additional pictures of cigarette boxes (my favorites are n: 012, 015 and 318-319)
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/3229931.jpg
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/11707765289912181.jpg

Alex
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Alexandre64 on June 16, 2008, 02:51:47 AM
Cigerttes box of various metals:
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/1150793740238521.jpg
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/1194275849173801.jpg
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/11411406975221131.jpg
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/11507937403613731.jpg

Alex
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Nicolay on June 22, 2008, 01:08:38 AM
The Murchinson Snuff Box given to him by the Zar
now part of the Smithsonian Collection
http://piclib.nhm.ac.uk/piclib/www/comp.php?img=46428&frm=med&search=Diamond

http://piclib.nhm.ac.uk/piclib/www/comp.php?img=46561&frm=med&search=box
And Yes these are real Diamonds!
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Alexandre64 on June 22, 2008, 06:19:56 AM
Wonderful pictures, Nicolay,

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/12109521352522001.jpg
Gold and diamond clasp

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/12109521335082891.jpg
Silver and sapphire clasp

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/12109521308053681.jpg
Gold and sapphire clasp

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/boiteafeu.jpg
Bag to match (gold and sapphire)
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Alexandre64 on June 23, 2008, 04:01:23 PM
cigarette box silver (lowerright):
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/12109521327843781.jpg

cigarette box  silver and  cigarette box gold and sapphire;
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/11411406974562571.jpg
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Alexandre64 on June 25, 2008, 02:21:28 AM
cigarettes Box, gold:
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/3109681.jpg

cigarettes Box, jasper:
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/3109731.jpg

cigarette Box, silver, with decor, including one shaped blackbird with the monogram of Nicolas II:
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/3174631.jpg
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on July 19, 2008, 06:41:07 PM
Atten:  Alexandre64 and other interested Faberge cigarette case enthusiasts:     To further enhance my reply (of June 09, 2008 on this topic on this thread),  I note that there is for sale via bid today (July 19, 2008) on EBay, the following book, specifically on Faberge cigarette cases: "The Faberge Case, From the Private Collection of John Traina, with an introduction by Archduke Geza von Habsburg and an Essay by Danielle Steel."  It is a hardcover book, 1998, 192 pages.  Unfortunately the publisher is not given.  It is presently at US$40. with one bidder and one day remaining.  The EBay number is 110270396820.  For information on Mr. Traina, refer to my reply of June 09, 2008 on this present thread.    AP.
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Mari on July 20, 2008, 03:38:32 AM
These are gorgeous. I love the jasper one and the monogrammed ones. The Diamonds weren't bad either!  ;) do they mention any of the owners or dates? Some of these look 1920's to me!  :-\
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on July 20, 2008, 09:51:57 PM
Hello, Mari!  As to your question of provenances of the items illustrated in the volume, "The Faberge  Case.....", I do not know if provenances are given, as I do not have a copy of this book (By the way, the bidding is closed on EBay on this book and it sold for US$40., with only one bidder).  In the exhibition catalogue, "Faberge in America," (mentioned in my reply #2 above of June 9, 2008), provenances ARE given, some more fully than others.   As to the ending date, I am certain that you are aware that the Faberge firm was for all practical purposes terminated after the Revolution of 1917. As A. Kenneth Snowman relates in his volume, "The Art of Carl Faberge" ( p. 119), "Immediately after the Revolution, Faberge's premises were taken over by an organization known as the Leningradskoe Yuvelirnoe Tovarishchestvo (Leningrad Jewellry Brotherhood). This Brotherhood , or Trade Union, inherited a number of completed and unfinished Faberge objects and these, together with pieces by other contemporary goldsmiths and silversmiths, they stamped with their own mark  L.U.T. "  (I am obviously using English letters here.)    Regards,  AP.
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Mari on July 21, 2008, 11:52:15 AM
Perhaps then the Jasper one was marketed and sold in 1920 or so by that means LUT). I saw a replica of it on an Antique Show and that is how they dated it! Very interesting. :)
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: ashdean on July 22, 2008, 08:24:42 AM
Atten:  Alexandre64 and other interested Faberge cigarette case enthusiasts:     To further enhance my reply (of June 09, 2008 on this topic on this thread),  I note that there is for sale via bid today (July 19, 2008) on EBay, the following book, specifically on Faberge cigarette cases: "The Faberge Case, From the Private Collection of John Traina, with an introduction by Archduke Geza von Habsburg and an Essay by Danielle Steel."  It is a hardcover book, 1998, 192 pages.  Unfortunately the publisher is not given.  It is presently at US$40. with one bidder and one day remaining.  The EBay number is 110270396820.  For information on Mr. Traina, refer to my reply of June 09, 2008 on this present thread.    AP.
mr Traina was married to Danielle Steele.
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on July 22, 2008, 11:38:12 AM
Thank you, ashdean!  Your information led me to "read-up" a bit on Danielle Steel.  Interesting and somewhat tragic background.      AP.
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Alexandre64 on September 12, 2008, 07:31:00 AM
Cigarette Box :
(http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/3833.jpg)
(http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/3822.jpg)
(http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/3651.jpg)
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Alexandre64 on September 12, 2008, 07:33:07 AM
(http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/3132.jpg)
(http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/313_11.jpg)

With the monogram of Nicolas II:
(http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/boite%20cigarette/739081.jpg)
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Mari on September 12, 2008, 09:02:04 PM
The Alexander II cigarette case absolutely beautiful! Is this in a private collection or State Collection?
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Alexandre64 on September 13, 2008, 12:25:39 AM
It will be auctioned in a month.
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: rgt9w on September 13, 2008, 06:14:58 AM
Hi Mari,

Provenance of the cases are documented in the descriptions where known in "The Faberge case". It is a nice book with a wide range of cigarette cases (enamelled, gold, silver, steel nephrite, birch, etc.)
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Mari on September 13, 2008, 06:22:05 AM
Thank you! rgt9w

Alexandre64:
Is an Auction House involved? I would like to keep up with the Auction. I wonder how much the case is estimated to bring?
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Alexandre64 on September 13, 2008, 06:28:06 AM
This case was evaluated 25,000 EURO.

Here and the site (click the image below "Russian Antiques including property previously owned by the Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna Romanova")

http://www.hermann-historica.com/
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Alexandre64 on November 28, 2008, 05:37:38 AM
Cigarette boxes, Faberge, with the portrait of:

Olga and Tatiana:
(http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/FabdeAletoNicII1.gif)

Alexis:
(http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/Alexandre64_2007/Faberge/FabNII1.gif)
Title: Re: Cigarette Box
Post by: Condecontessa on November 28, 2008, 09:10:29 AM
Thank you Alexandre64, I've never seen a cigarette box with Alexei's pic on it.