A Russian gold-mounted gilded silver and guilloche enamel cigarette case, Ivan Britzin, ST Petersburg, 1908-1917. The rectangular cigarette case enameled translucent strawberry red over a wavy engine-turned ground, with fine fluted gold mounts, the cover applied with hatched Cyrillic monogram or abbreviation 'Tt.' in cursive script style, the thumbpiece set with rose-cut diamonds, the interior with the Cyrillic inscription 'Kavkaz-Galitsiia 1914-1915'. Dimensions: 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in. (9.8 x 6.4 cm). On the career of Britzin (also spelled as Britzen or Britsyn), see N.V. Vernova, "I.S. Britsyn -- iuvelir 'Epokhi Faberzhe'," Antikvarnoe obozrenie February 2012, pp. 60-67.Domestic: Flat-rate of $45.00 Fed Ex 3 Day Saver to anywhere within the Contiguous U.S.International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.Location: This item ships from Washington.
This Jasper52 auction is curated in partnership with John Atzbach, a leading authority in the field of Russian works of art made in and representing the tastes of the late Imperial era (late 17th century to the 1917 Revolution).
He was introduced to the subject at the age of 9, when a neighbor, recognizing his interest, allowed him to examine her collection of Russian enamels. He was immediately intrigued and spent the next several years learning all that he could about Russian silver and enamels, honing his knowledge before he began collecting them himself, fulfilling a childhood dream.
With a lifetime of knowledge in Russian decorative arts, John Atzbach is regularly consulted by collectors, dealers, appraisers, and auction house representatives from around the world. He has been directly involved in the formation of some of the world's finest collections of Russian enamels, Russian porcelains, and Faberge. He greatly enjoys his work and feels very fortunate that his childhood interest could evolve into a lifelong passion that continues to engage him every day.
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