4.8 cm long
Workmaster Alfred Thielemann, St Petersburg, 1899-1903
Bentley & Co, sold for £1750 on 10th October 1982 to
Dr. C.S.M Hudson, Chester-Le-Street, County Durham, England
Another green enamel brooch like this, also by Thielemann, sold at Sotheby’s New York, 8th April 2014, lot 50, for 10’000 USD
Brooches bearing the Imperial eagle were among the most popular gifts presented by Emperor Nicholas II and his family. The archives of the Imperial Court indicate that such brooches were taken as gifts on numerous trips made by the Imperial family, including the voyage of the Emperor and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna to Moscow in 1903, and their trips abroad and to Skierniewice in the same year, and also on the voyage of Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna to Voronezh and Denmark in 1904. Such brooches are also recorded among the purchases intended as gifts to commemorate the christening of the Tsarevich Alexei on 3 September 1904 in the chapel at Peterhof Palace.
Of lozenge form with a border of chased two-colour gold laurel, in the centre a chased gold Imperial eagle set with a rose-cut diamond, on a ground of translucent green enamel over sunburst engine-turning, struck with workmaster’s initials AT on the loop hooking the pin, Kokoshnik and 56 mark with assay master’s initials on the backing, Kokoshnik marks on the outside frame and on the pin, scratched inventory number 1613
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