The sale was led by a Fabergé silver, enamel and seed pearl icon, which reached £245,000 (including buyer’s premium), more than eight times its pre-sale high estimate, and was the top Russian Work of Art sold during Russian Week in London. Three other lots surpassed the $100,000 mark: An Ovchinnikov silver-gilt and enamel three-handled cup (£161,000), a bronze of a Scythian Warrior by Kovshenkov (£127,400), and a bronze and enamel box from the ‘Enchanted Beasts’ series by Princess Maria Tenisheva (£125,000).
With a focus on Fabergé, the sale includes some rare and highly interesting works by the legendary goldsmith from private collections throughout Europe. Offered with a broad range of pre-sale estimates, they include jewellery, enamel objects intended for use, silver, icons, hardstone animals, and frames. Some were originally owned by members of the Russian Imperial Family, including a luxurious gold cigarette case made in 1913 to commemorate 300 years of Romanov rule, purchased by Emperor Nicholas II.