WASHINGTON, July 15 (RIA Novosti) – A "priceless" Fabergé punch bowl set presented to an American horse trainer by members of Russia’s pre-revolutionary racing elite has gone on display in Lexington, Kentucky, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
The 11-piece cloisonné set was a gift to Frank Caton, an American trainer and breeder who was a prominent figure in Russian horse racing in the late 19th and early 20th century.
A 1913 New York Times report has Caton as the top bidder at an auction in Madison Square Garden on horses to be exported to Russia. Caton left Russia in 1916; his sons, also trainers, fled Bolshevik rule in 1922.
The punch bowl set, created in 1900 by the workshop of Karl Fabergé was until recently kept in the San Antonio, Texas home of Bill Sims, 77, who is Caton’s great-grandson. It is on display at the International Museum of the Horse in Kentucky.