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A hardstone figure of a leveret, probably Fabergé or Cartier, circa 1905
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 7,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
439
A hardstone figure of a leveret, probably Fabergé or Cartier, circa 1905
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 7,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Russian Works of Art, Fabergé & Icons

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A hardstone figure of a leveret, probably Fabergé or Cartier, circa 1905
carved of chalcedony, resting upright on her hind quarters, cabochon sapphire-set eyes
height 3.6cm, 1 3/8 in.
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Provenance

By family repute, given by Gunnar Kassman to Alexandra Kollontai

Thence by descent until sold to the present owner

Catalogue Note

Alexandra Mikhailovna Kollontai (1872-1952) was a Communist and feminist revolutionary appointed Soviet ambassador to Norway in 1923, becoming the second female ambassador in the world.  During her service as ambassador to Sweden (1930-1945), she was closely associated with the “red banker” Gunnar Kassman (1878-1970), who had provided financial assistance to Lenin and the Bolsheviks.  She became a permanent guest at his summer residence, Villa Kassman, at Storholmen Island, Lidingö.

For comparison, please see the two Fabergé hares in the Royal Collection (RCIN 40069 and 40092), one carved of chalcedony and one of agate, and the Cartier box, a leveret with cabochon sapphire eyes atop the lid, illustrated, G. von Habsburg, Fabergé - Cartier. Rivalen am Zarenhof, Munich, 2003, no. 669, p. 346.

Russian Works of Art, Fabergé & Icons

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