Created by Peter Carl Fabergé at
the behest of Tsar Nicholas II for
the Tercentenary celebration (three hundred
year anniversary) of the founding of the Romanov
Dynasty in Russia. The exact provenance is
unknown but it is thought to have been for
presentation to Grand Duke Mikhail Mikhailovich*,
grandson of Tsar Nicholas I in 1913, the year
of the celebration.
The decor of The Presentation Box is deep green
translucent enamel guilloché on a ground
of both moiré and sunburst chasing.
The centerpiece of the box lid consists of
joined circlets placed over the wings of the
Romanov Double Headed Eagle. These circlets
frame portraits of both Nicholas and Alexandra,
the whole being set in diamonds. In the original
rose point diamonds are used; our box, of course,
is done with crystals. The sides of the box
repeat the red enamel and gold laurel leaf
border banded in white and the sunburst
extensions. The inside of the box is lined
in deep green velvet and the base is a sunburst
chased on gold plated metal with the name Fabergé impressed.
Retail: $550.00. Our price: $494.90.
*This is an opportune time to tell you that
Russian custom dictates that the middle name
- in this case Mikhailovich - is the name of
the child's father plus "vich" which
means "son of" in Russian. Therefore
Mikhail Mikhailovich was the son of Mikhail.
You will, perhaps, recall that the son of Tsar
Nicholas II carried the title of Tsarovich,
son of the Tsar. For the female "evna" or
alternatively "ovna" is used and
they also carry their father's name,
i.e. the Tsar's daughters all had as
their second name Nicholaevna.