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The French State Visit:

A leather cigar box with silver and enamel mounts.

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St Petersburg, Grachev1902

On the occasion of his State Visit to Russia in 1902, Émile Loubet was lavished with a number of gifts, the grandest of which were photographed for a two-page article in the journal Niva (illustrated, U. Tillander-Godenhielm, The Russian Imperial Award System, 1894-1917, Helsinki, 2005, pp. 336-337). Two years before the visit he had been created a Knight of the Order of St Andrew, having already been made a Knight of the Order of St Alexander Nevsky in 1896. In reciprocation of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna's State Visit to Paris these gifts were no doubt made in recognition of Loubet's capabilities as an international peacemaker and were symbolic of the trade which would flourish as a result.

The firm of Saatchi & Mangoubi, founded in 1868 and designated Purveyor to the Imperial Court in 1895, were perhaps not courting the French President's favour so much as they were

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The hinged lid applied with a parcel-gilt silver plaque engraved in French 'The President of the French Republic Émile Loubét', below an enamel seal of the French Republic with crossed French and Russian flags, the lid further applied with a spray of tobacco leaves and a trompe l'oeil cigar band, raised bead and leaf tip borders, the sides applied with silver fleurons, the hinged front with keyhole escutcheon engraved with details of the Saatchi & Mangoubi tobacco company, its cover with the Imperial Russian arms, the silk-lined interior with two tiers of hinged trays, the underside of the lid with gilt French inscription 'Suppliers to the Court of his Majesty the Emperor of Russia, Company of the Tobacco Factory, Saatschy & Mangouby, St Petersburg' beneath the Imperial Warrant, 84 standard, with original key
width 33cm, 13in.


Stock ID:93236

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