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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Bonbonnière with a view of Balmoral Castle


Creator: Henrik Emanuel Wigström (1862-1923) (workmaster)
Creation Date: 
Materials and techniques: 
Gold, enamel and sepia enamel, rose diamonds
2.5 x 5.7 cm
XQGF 1985 I 331
XQGF 1985 II 70
XQGF 1995 277
XQGF 2003 177
Acquirer: Sir Ernest Joseph Cassel (1852-1921)
Bought by Sir Ernest Cassel from Fabergé's London branch, on 4 November 1907 (£81 5s.); Sir Philip Sassoon; by whom given to Queen Mary for her birthday, 26 May 1934

This box was given to Queen Mary for her birthday in 1934 by Sir Philip Sassoon. It had originally been purchased from the London branch by Sir Ernest Cassel on 4 November 1907 at a cost of £81 5s. According to Bainbridge, the Princess of Wales (later Queen Mary) much admired this first example of a box featuring a royal residence to return from St Petersburg to the London branch. The box has enamelled views of Balmoral Castle on one side and Windsor Castle on the other, and the edge of the box is set with enamelled roses and leaves interspersed with diamond-set crosses.

Mark of Henrik Wigström; gold mark of 72 zolotniks (1896-1908); Fabergé in Cyrillic characters

Text adapted from Fabergé in the Royal Collection

Further details

Additional Creators: Fabergé (jeweller)
Additional Acquirers: Queen Mary, consort of George V, King of the United Kingdom (1867-1953)