Presented on behalf of Nicholas II to Gabriel Hanotaux by the former Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia, 1917; acquired by Queen Mary and given to King George V on his birthday 3 June 1934 Gem-set presentation boxes set with a miniature portrait of the Tsar. This box was one of the last imperial presentation boxes ever to have been given on behalf of the Tsar.
Carved from nephrite, this Fabergé pot replicates the form of a pear, complete with reeded gold stem terminating in a diamond and leaves in gold, highlighted with diamonds. The rim of the base is also set with a band of rose diamonds. Workmaster Michael Perchin, 1903. Probably acquired by King Edward VII or Queen Alexandra.