The Russian Works of Art sale affords the opportunity to explore some of the finest works produced by Faberge. Many have a Royal or Imperial provenance, such as the magnificent jewelled and enamelled flower study below. Only 80 such pieces were produced and Queen Alexandra, having been introduced to them by her sister, Empress Maria Feodorovna, was one of the greatest collectors. It is joined by the gold and enamel frame shown right, which was purchased be the Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.
Also evoking the splendour of the Russian Court, are the grand palace vases shown overleaf. Made during the golden years of Imperial porcelain manufacture, each is decorated with a reproduction of a work by the Dutch Old Master artist Karel Dujardin, purchased by Empress Catherine the Great. The first, Crossing the Stream, is still in the Hermitage Collection today, while the original painting for the second, After the hunt, though lost is remembered through this faithful rendering. The vases have been preserved in the collection of a German princely family and are being offered for sale for the first time in their history.