Hardstone model of a carnation
Lot 97
An important jewelled hardstone model of a carnationFabergé, c. 1890s, probably by workshop of Mikhail Perkhin
£450,000 - 550,000
US$ 700,000 - 860,000

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An important jewelled hardstone model of a carnation
Fabergé, c. 1890s, probably by workshop of Mikhail Perkhin
realistically modelled, the carnation flower carved from red jasper and set with diamonds, attached to nephrite stem with leaves gracefully spreading from the stem, with additional flower bud on the side, resting in a rock crystal tapering vase carved to imitate water
height: 18.5cm (7 1/4in).

Footnotes

  • EXHIBITED:
    Fabergé-Cartier, Revalen am Zarenhof, 2003
    Russian National Museum, Baden-Baden, Germany

    PUBLISHED:
    Aleksandr Ivanov, Neizvestnyi Faberge, Moscow, 2002, page 127
    Archival photo from the Faberge archive, page 126
    Aleksandr Ivanov, Iskusstvo Fabergé, Kostroma, 2010, page 115, illustrated on same page
    Geza von Habsburg [ed.], Fabergé-Cartier, Revalen am Zarenhof, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, 2003, page 259, item 384, illustrated on page 258

    A very similar example executed in gold, enamel and rock crystal is in the collection of Queen Alexandra (illustrated in Marilyn Pfeifer Swezey, Fabergé Flowers, Harry N. Abrams, 2004, page 80).
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