A Fabergé jewelled and enamelled gold flower study, St Petersburg, circa 1900
- gold, enamel, diamonds
- height 15cm, 5 7/8 in.
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The inventory of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna's flowers compiled in 1917 includes a 'wildflower - gold stem, yellow enamelled flower with diamonds' and a 'wildflower - gold stem, yellow enamelled flower with diamonds in a vase of rock crystal' (see V. Skurlov, 'In Search of Fabergé Flowers in Russia', M. Swezey, Fabergé Flowers, 2004, p. 113).
The rock crystal pots or vases were carved in a variety of forms. For other faceted pots, see Christie's Geneva, 11 November 1975, lot 262, and Christie's New York, 20 April 2000, lot 73, containing a dandelion; Sotheby's New York, 28 June 1979, lot 360, a sprig of raspberry; The India Early Minshall Collection at The Cleveland Museum of Art, inv. no. 66.443, a lily-of-the-valley.