Decorative Arts
gold, silver, diamonds
St. Petersburg, Russia
Overall: 6 × 2 3/16 × 2 3/16 in. (15.24 × 5.56 × 5.56 cm)
Other (miniature): 1 1/4 × 1 in. (3.18 × 2.54 cm)
Group "Portrait of Nicholas II" (47.20.367)
There are only five known surviving column portrait frames by the Fabergé firm. This one was specially commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II for Field Marshall-General Count Dmitrii Alekseevich Miliutin for his seventy-fifth anniversary as a Russian army officer. He served Tsar Alexander II as minister of war between 1861 and 1881, introducing numerous reforms of the Russian army. In 1898, the count was honored with a promotion to the rank of field marshall during the celebration of the eightieth anniversary of Tsar Alexander II’s birthday. In the miniature on this column, Nicholas II honored Miliutin by appearing in the uniform of the First Artillery Brigade of the Guards, the regiment in which the count began his long and successful military career.
"Fabergé", initials of workmaster Henrik Wigström, assay mark of St. Petersburg 1899-1908, 56 zolotnik
Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt
Fabergé Revealed, Palace Museum, Beijing, China, April 16 - July 17, 2016

Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, June 20 – September 27, 2015

Fabergé Revealed, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 14, 2014 - May 25, 2015

Fabulous Fabergé, Jeweler to the Czars, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, June 14 - October 12, 2014

Fabergé Revealed, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, June 22 - September 29, 2013

Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, Detroit Institute of Art, October 14, 2012 - January 21, 2013

Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of Fabergé, coinciding with Fabergé in America, Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 12 - April 18, 1996, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, May 25 - July 28, 1996, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, August 24 - November 10, 1996, New Orleans Museum of Art, December 7, 1996 - February 8, 1997, Cleveland Museum of Art, March 12 - May 11, 1997

Collector of the Year, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, February 6 - March 13, 1983.
Dr. Geza von Habsburg. Faberge Revealed: At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. New York: Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc., 2011. p. 165. illus. 27.

Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm, The Russian Imperial Award System, 1894-1917 (Helsinki: National Museum of Finland in asso. with Society of Antiquities, Finland, 2005) color ill. no. 45, p. 158.

Peter Schaffer et al, Golden Years of Fabergé Drawings and Objects from the Wigström Workshop (New York: A La Vieille Russie in association with Alain de Gourcuff Editeur, 2000) ref. p. 167.

A&E Biography: FABERGÉ documentary video (Studio City, CA: Weller Grossman Productions and the Arts and Entertainment Network, 1996).

Habsburg 1996, cat. no. 106, p. 132 (ill.)

Curry1995, cat. no. 13, pp. 28, 168 (ill.)

Paul N. Perrot, "A Note on the Virginia Museum's Jewels," Apollo, December 1985, pp. 488- 489, illus in color Plate XXI, p. 489.

ALVR 1983, cat. no. 89, pp. 50-1 (ill.)

Parker Lesley, Faberge, VMFA, Richmond, 1976, p. 318, illus. 159.

Hammer 1932, pp. 216-217
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