|Round Box with Catherine II as Minerva. Paris, 1781–82. Gold, verre eglomisé (gilded glass).|
|The most magnificent piece is a gold chalice that Catherine commissioned as part of a communion set in 1791. It was made in St. Petersburg by Iver Windfeldt Buch of gold, diamonds, chalcedony, bloodstone, nephrite, carnelian, and cast glass.|
You can read more about Catherine II in Robert K. Massie's award-winning biography, which I wrote about enthusiastically in this previous post (with excerpts). It's called Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, and we have it in both hardback and paper.
(Images courtesy of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens)