Lot 96
  • 96

A bowenite carved figure of a swan, circa 1900

Estimate
2,000 - 3,000 GBP
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Description

  • height: 5.5cm, 2 1/8 in.
inset with ruby eyes and held in a later fitted case marked Fabergé

Exhibited

Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Fabergé Hofjuwelier de Zaren, 5 December 1986 - 22 February 1987, cat. no. 309  
Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Fabergé-Cartier Rivalen am Zarenhof, 28 November 2003 - 12 April 2004, cat. no. 371

Literature

Géza von Habsburg, Fabergé Hofjuwelier de Zaren, Munich, 1986, pp. 194-5 
Géza von Habsburg, Fabergé-Cartier Rivalen am Zarenhof, Munich, 2003, p.  255

Catalogue Note

This swan is carved of an unusual cream-coloured bowenite. Three small filled holes on the underside indicate that originally the bird was intended to have gold legs and to be attached to a base. This might have been carved to suggest rippling water; such an effect was used for the support of the silver swan contained in the 'Swan' Easter egg given to Empress Maria Fedorovna in 1906.

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