A hinged rectangular cigarette case fitted with a match compartment, the reeded body in alternating bands of red and yellow gold, its push-piece is a cabochon sapphire set in a gold bezel. The case is contained in an original holly wood case lined with off-white satin and velvet, stamped on the back lid FABERGÉ, St.Petersburg, Moscow, Odessa under the Imperial warrant. The interior of the case stamped with the workmaster’s initials A.H. for August Hollming, 56 – Russian gold standard, St.Petersburg, assay master’s initials Ya.L for Yakov Lyapunov.
August Frederik Hollming (1854-1913) was a Russian jeweller, silver- and goldsmith of Finnish descent. He started working for Fabergé in the 1880s, and was one of the firm’s leading goldsmiths and jewellers. He produced a great number of finely crafted gold and enamelled cigarette cases and small jewellery objects. For his biography see Fabergé, Imperial Craftsman and his World, Wilmington 2000, p. 255. A selection of his objects is listed and illustrated in the abovementioned catalogue, cat. 630-662 and in Fabergé/Cartier, Rivalen am Zarenhof, Munich 2003, cat. 219-230.