Russian Silver Imperial Cigarette Case

Gabriel Niukkanen
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reference number: RS_037

circa 1910s

silver, gold

length: 9.8 cm

master’s mark: Latin initials G.N. of Gabriel Niukkanen

assay mark of St.Petersburg, 1908-1917

silver standard: 84 zolotnik


Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, Riverfront Arts Center, Wilmington, Delaware, 9 Sept 2000 – 18 Feb 2001, no. 74


G. von Habsburg, A. von Solodkoff, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, London, 2000, no. 747, p. 290, illustrated in colour


A gold-mounted silver Imperial presentation cigarette case, decorated with tapering flutes on either side, applied with a gold double-headed eagle, with gold-mounted cabochon sapphire thumbpiece.


Gabriel Niukkanen (Nykänen) ran an independent goldsmithing workshop between 1898 and 1912, acting as an occasional supplier to Fabergé. Niukkanen was best known for his production of fine gold and silver cigarette cases, many of which were made as Imperial presentation pieces.

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