By TEGELSTEN, St. Petersburg, 1843.
Of oval form, slightly flared at the top, with engraved decoration on one side of the interlaced monogram A. N. under the imperial crown of the tsarevich Alexander NicolaïEvich of Russia, future tsar Alexander II (1818-1881) and on the other side of the double-headed eagle of the Romanoffs under the imperial crown, resting on four scrolled feet decorated with finely chiselled foliage, with openwork handles on the edges of foliage branches Slight wear and tear, but good condition. Inventory number of the imperial palace furniture guard: 3 - 4 tt - 21 ¾.
Title hallmark: 84, St. Petersburg, 1843.
Goldsmith's hallmark: Carl Tegelsten, active from 1821 to 1855.
H.: 9 cm - W.: 31.5 cm - L.: 21 cm.
Weight: 1 k 420 g.
History: This cooler is part of the dinner service offered to the Grand Duchess Alexandra Nicolaievna of Russia (1825-1844) by her father Tsar Nicholas I (1796-1855) on the occasion of her marriage to Landgrave Friedrich of Hesse-Kassel (1820-1884) in 1844. The union was celebrated in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, the marriage was short-lived, as the following year Alexandra died in childbirth at the age of nineteen. Our freshener is an example of the sumptuous pieces given as a dowry by Tsar Nicholas I for his daughters. Carl Johann Tegelsten (1798-1852), a silversmith of Finnish origin, was regularly asked to provide services for the members of the imperial family. The majority of this silver service is now in the collection of Fasanerie Castle, owned by the Grand Dukes of Hesse-Darmstadt.
Reference: Die Mitgift einer Zarentochter. Meisterwerke Russischer Kunst des Historismus aus dem Besitz der Hessischen Hausstiftung Museum Schloss Fasanerie, 1997, page 51.