Bowers Museum unveils rare Fabergé collection
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This presentation box was given in 1902 by Tsar Nichlas II to Leon Bourgeois, a French politican and statesman (and Nobel Prize winner). Made of gold and decorated with enamel and diamonds, the box features the initials of Nicholas II on the cover. Back then, the Imperial Russian court was known for lavish gifts presented to foreign dignitaries visiting Russia. Bourgeois was one of 90 foreigners to receive a snuffbox with the emperor's initials. On view at the Bowers Museum through Jan. 6.
TEXT BY RICHARD CHANG, THE ORANGD COUNTY REGISTER; IMAGE COURTESY OF BOWERS MUSEUM