An Imperial Presentation jewelled gold pendant, probably Morozov, St Petersburg, workmaster's initials I.P in Cyrillic, circa 1913
formed as a diamond-set Imperial eagle on an openwork grid below the Crown of Monomakh set with diamonds, rubies and sapphires, varicoloured gold drops, 56 standard. height: 7.2cm, 3 7/8 in. Est. 10,000—15,000 GBP. Lot Sold 10,000 GBP
CATALOGUE NOTE: A nearly identical example, its Crown of Monomakh lacking diamonds, was presented by Empress Alexandra Feodorovna to her lady-in-waiting, Baroness Buxhoeveden. See Prince Michael of Greece, Jewels of the Tsars, 2006, p. 134.
Of all the suppliers to the Imperial Cabinet during the years 1908-1917, Morozov is the most likely source of this object and the Buxhoeveden pendant, as their style is atypical of the work of the other firms. Primarily known as a maker of cigarette cases, many of them Imperial Presentation cases, the as-yet unidentified maker I.P was a subcontractor of Morozov. For cases struck with both this maker's mark and 'Morozov', see Sotheby's London, 26 November 2008, lot 164, and G. von Habsburg, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, 2000, no. 928.
Sotheby's. Russian Works of Art, Fabergé and Icons. 10 Jun 09. London www.sothebys.com