Hillwood Mansion, Icon Room
Fabergé (firm); Wigström, Henrik Immanuel (workmaster)
RUSSIA: Saint Petersburg
Gold, enamel, diamonds, rubies
H. 1 7/8 in., W. 3 1/2 in., D. 2 1/2 in.
In 1907 Feliks and Nikolai Iusupov gave this music box to their parents, Prince Feliks and Princess Zinaida, as a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary present. The Roman numerals XXV, set in diamonds, form the thumbpiece, and the initials of the four family members appear in the lower corner panels of the octagonally shaped box. Six of the Iusupov palaces are depicted in sepia enamel panels on the music box's top, bottom, and four sides. When opened, the music box plays "The White Lady" by François Boieldieu, the march of the senior Prince Feliks's regiment, the Imperial Horse Guards.
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973