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A two-colour gold and rock crystal egg pendant, Russia, circa 1900

Estimate:

500

to
- 700 GBP

A two-colour gold and rock crystal egg pendant, Russia, circa 1900

A two-colour gold and rock crystal egg pendant, Russia, circa 1900

Estimate:

500

to
- 700 GBP

Lot sold:

6,930

GBP

A two-colour gold and rock crystal egg pendant, Russia

circa 1900


the arcaded body of pink and yellow gold, the rock crystal terminal containing a photograph of Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, later Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia (1864–1918), wearing the Feodorovna emeralds as a Kokoshnik tiara, struck on loops with indistinct workmaster's initials 'K.P', 56 standard

1.5cm. high

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia was a paternal aunt of Lord Mountbatten.
The Princess Elizabeth was the daughter of Ludwig lV of Hesse and by Rhine and his wife Princess Alice, the daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. In June 1884 she married The Grand Duke Sergei of Russia, the younger son of Tsar Alexander II (her younger sister, the Tsarina, Alex was the wife of Nicholas ll). As a wedding present her husband commissioned the tiara she is wearing in the photograph from the court jeweller Bolin. It contained the famous Feodorovna emeralds. After their marriage the Grand Duke, as Governor General of Moscow, lived in The Kremlin. He was assassinated in 1905 after which The Grand Duchess became a nun. She was murdered by the Bolsheviks at Ekaterinburg in 1918 having been thrown down a mine and later canonised by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1992 on account of her piety and good works.