English silver and Fabergé complement each other in this April offering, with early casters, Regency wine coolers, Victorian trophies and French Empire-style silver-gilt. Outstanding objects of vertu include 19th-century rock crystals mounted in Viennese enamel and 20th-century hardstone creations. The centerpiece of the Russian portion of the sale is a Rare and Important Fabergé Jewelled Gold, Nephrite, and Translucent Enamel Imperial Presentation Table Portrait by Workmaster Henrik Wigström with a miniature by Vasilii Zuev (St. Petersburg, 1909). In Imperial Russia, the diamond-studded portrait of the emperor was the most prestigious award that could be bestowed and this extraordinary piece is one of the few remaining in private hands. Other highlights include a magnificent Sazikov punch bowl and stand after August Karl Spiess’ design and numerous precious objects from Fabergé. Connoisseurs of cloisonné and shaded enamels will be delighted by the rich selection of works from Russia’s most important workshops, including an unusual Five-Piece Desk Set by Ovchinnikov (Moscow, 1908-1917). These exciting offerings are rounded out by a particularly fine example of Evgeny Lanceray’s Monument Bronze Group “Arabic Horse Games” from a New York Private Collection.
Highlights from the 16 April sale of Russian Works of Art, European Silver and Vertu included a rare and important Faberge jeweled gold, nephrite and translucent enamel imperial presentation table portrait of Emperor Nicholas II from 1909, which sold for $413,000, above its high estimate of $400,000.