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Name Bonbonniere Egg

Date 1896-1908

Provenance Presented to king George I of the Hellenes

Made in St. Petersburg

Work-master Henrik Wigström

Marks HW - scratched inventory number 3140

Media two-colour gold

Size 4,2 cm tall

Techniques enamel

Kept in Private collection
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Ovoid, the body enamelled in translucent white enamel over a wavy ground, applied with ribbon-tied ruby-set two-colour gold foliate swags, the hinged cover and detachable base with pale blue champlevé enamel decoration in punch-beaded borders, the cover with a further wreath of enamelled leaves and berries, around the central rosette, with a diamond thumbpiece, marked inside base and inside cover, on a later scroll stand.

From the collection of King George I of the Hellenes ruled Greece from 1863 to 1913, when he was assassinated. He was the brother to Queen Alexandra, who was wife of Edward VII of Britain, and to Maria Feodorovna, wife of Tsar Alexander III. His elder brother was Frederik VIII of Denmark.

The egg was sold at Christies for $18,483,954.

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