The maker's mark AOAM3 stands for a joint stock company of Moscow goldsmiths artels which made very high quality items. To Giovanni Gonsalez, Director of the Italian Opera Company, as a sign of memory and respect, Grand Duke Nicholas 11 July 1907 Tashkent.
He lived a very independent life having become a gifted military officer and an incorrigible womanizer. He had an affair with a notorious American woman Fanny Lear. Due to his affair, he stole three valuable diamonds from the revetment of one of the most valuable family icons. He was declared insane and he was banished to Tashkent. He lived for many years under constant supervision in the area around Tashkent in the southeastern Russian Empire (now Uzbekistan) and made a great contribution to the city by using his personal fortune to help improve the local area.
In 1890 he ordered the building of his own palace in Tashkent to house and show his large and very valuable collection of works of art and the collection is now the center of the state Museum of Arts. He was also famous in Tashkent as a competent engineer and irrigator, constructing two large canals. He had a number of children by different women. One of his grandchildren, Natalia Androsova, died in Moscow in 1999. Died of pneumonia on 26 January 1918 and.Was buried in St George's Cathedral. Later demolished by the Soviet regime. Size: 12 x 9 x 1 cm approx. Photos form part of the description. The item "Antique Imperial Russian Presentation Silver Cigarette Case Grand Duke Romanov" is in sale since Sunday, March 7, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectables\Historical Memorabilia\Royalty Collectables".
The seller is "bibelotslondon" and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.