The 26 November sale of Russian Works of Art, Fabergé and Icons achieved a grand total of £4,150,650. The highlight of the sale, a pair of magnificent Imperial porcelain vases, sold to a first-time buyer for £2,210,500, the highest price achieved at auction during Sotheby’s Russian Art Week. Another highlight was a Fabergé jewelled and enamelled gold flower study, which sold well beyond its high estimate for £350,500.
In addition to a broad selection of icons, silver, vertu and bronzes, the sale includes impressive pieces of the finely crafted jewellery purveyed by the House of Fabergé and its rivals. These styles, favoured by the Russian Imperial family and nobility, serve as reminders of an age and way of life that is lost, but not forgotten.
The exceptional degree of virtuosity and complexity achieved by the jewellers of the Fabergé workshop is further exemplified in the delicate spray of blossoming buttercups featured in the sale as well as in the rare appearance of a Fabergé flower study on the open market.