Acquired from a private Italian Collection.
In February 1910 Fabergé undertook a sales trip to Rome. The majority of Fabergé’s customers in the city were drawn from the Italian Royal family and aristocracy. Queen Elena of Italy, wife of King Victor Emmanuel III, acquired twenty pieces; she had a fondness for the colour mauve and six of her choices were enamelled in the colour. She also liked items made from wood and bought two frames and two papers cutters made from bird’s-eye maple.