A jewelled bowenite and enamel gum-potattributed to Fabergé, St. Petersburg, c. 1900, with scratched inventory number '12508'

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Lot 114*
A jewelled bowenite and enamel gum-pot
attributed to Fabergé, St. Petersburg, c. 1900, with scratched inventory number '12508'

Sold for £ 5,312 (US$ 6,999) inc. premium
A jewelled bowenite and enamel gum-pot
attributed to Fabergé, St. Petersburg, c. 1900, with scratched inventory number '12508'
the body naturalistically carved in the form of a pear, the detachable stem enamelled in translucent brown and green over a guilloché ground, the top inset with a rose-cut diamond, with cork stopper and extended metal wand, apparently unmarked, with scratched inventory number '12508' inside the gilded rim
height: 6.3cm (2 1/2in).

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  • Provenance
    Reputedly acquired by a private collector from the group of objects sold by the Hammer Galleries, New York, to recover import taxes, c. 1929
    Thence by descent

    A bowenite gum-pot shaped as an apple and fitted with identically designed lid and gum brush made by Mikhail Perkhin was sold at Christie's, 19 October 2001, lot 131.

    In Fabergé invoices preserved in the State Historical Archives in St. Petersburg there are eleven gum pots made in the shapes of different fruits, all listed as acquired by Empress Maria Fedorovna, wife of Emperor Alexander III, during 1894-1906. Empress appreciated whimsical qualities and endearing playfulness of hardstone pineapples, tomatoes, apples and pears, and probably acquired them to be given as small gifts. Among eleven fruit-shaped gum pots purchased by her, three were made as bowenite pears.
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