Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, Wilmington, Delaware, Riverfront Arts Center, 9 September 2000 – 18 February 2001
Fabergé: From St Petersburg to Sandringham, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 14 October 2017 – 11 February 2018
G. von Habsburg, A. von Solodkoff, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, London, 2000, no. 139, p. 99
I. Collins, Fabergé: From St Petersburg to Sandringham, p. 40
Imperial presentation vase-shape silver trophy in the late Georgian style, with flaring foot, angular handles and domed cover; the body is applied with laurel swags beneath a wide band bearing a Cyrillic inscription “In Honor of Her Imperial Majesty Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna” and a double-headed eagle on the reverse; the upper section of the vessel is chased with a band of husks; the cover is topped with an acorn finial and chased with acanthus-leaf decoration.
The item is one of a large number of such trophies, part of Fabergé’s obligatory production for the Imperial court. These were awarded mainly as horse-racing and yachting trophies.