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Oval Box with Monogram of Nicholas II
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Oval Box with Monogram of Nicholas II

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Description This nephrite box is decorated with the monogram of Nicholas II in diamonds. The 300-year-long reign of the Romanov dynasty ended in 1917 in the revolution that cost Nicholas II his life. Later, in the 1920s, Henry Walters, founder of the Walters Art Museum, was able to buy a select group of objects with connections to the Russian royal family, including this piece. Jeweled boxes were often given as diplomatic gifts, and hardstone carving, in nephrite, malachite, or jasper, for example, was a Russian specialty.
Date Description Narrative
2/01/1988Examinationexamined for condition
10/08/1992Loan Considerationexamined for loan
4/07/1995Loan Considerationexamined for loan
2/28/2002Treatmentexamined for condition; other
  • Fabergé. The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris; Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 1993-1994.
  • Objects of Vertu: Precious Works of the Eighteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • The Fabergé Menagerie. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Portland Art Museum, Portland. 2003-2004.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
  • Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire's Legacy . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2017-2018.
Provenance Alexandre Polovtsoff (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Polovtsov), Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, ca. 1929-30, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929-1930

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early 20th century
nephrite, gold (56 zolotnik), diamonds, enamel
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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H: 1 3/4 × W: 3 9/16 × D: 2 5/8 in. (4.4 × 9 × 6.7 cm)


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