A Silver and Glass Tennis Trophy by Carl Fabergé

St Petersburg, 1912


the striking glass body engraved on each of its four sides with a stylised floral and foliate motif flanked by beaded borders, beneath which hangs beaded garlands and foliate branches, the silver collar decorated with acanthus leaves, the plain silver top inscribed in Cyrillic ‘St Petersburg, 1912’, ‘A Prize, Mixed Doubles,’  ‘St Petersburg.’

Signed in Cyrillic ‘FABERGE’
Moscow, 1908-1917
88 zolotnik silver

Height: 26.5cm
Width: 10.3cm

1912 was to prove a significant year for Russian tennis. It was during this year that The All Russian Lawn Tennis Championship was hosted in St Petersburg.  The first Russian open championship was held, hosting the strongest players from Europe and the USA. It was also the first year Russian tennis players participated in the Olympics, which was hosted in Stockholm.

It is possible that the trophy was awarded at one of the events listed above. It is also possible it was a prize awarded at a private tournament.