Lot 20
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A Fabergé two-colour gold and guilloché enamel bell push, workmaster: Michael Perchin, St. Petersburg, 1899-1903

Estimate
40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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Description

  • diameter 5.5 cm, 2 1/7 in.
the domed body decorated in lilac and oyster translucent enamel over engine-turned grounds, the oyster band further embellished with a gilt foliate border, surmounted with a gadrooned hexagonal mount set with a moonstone pushpiece, on a circular spreading base mounted with finely chased ribbon-tied laurel swags, marked Fabergé with workmaster's initials and  scratched inventory number 2466, 56 standard

Provenance

Purchased by Empress Maria Fedorovna (1847-1928) on 17th December 1899

Exhibited

Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Fabergé Hofjuwelier de Zaren, 5 December 1986 - 22 February 1987, cat. no. 420 
Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Fabergé-Cartier Rivalen am Zarenhof, 28 November 2003 - 12 April 2004, cat. no. 78

Literature

Géza von Habsburg, Fabergé Hofjuwelier de Zaren, Munich, 1986, p. 226
Géza von Habsburg, Fabergé-Cartier Rivalen am Zarenhof, Munich, 2003, p. 169

Catalogue Note

This bell push is one of three recorded presents purchased by the Dowager Empress for Christmas in 1899. The others are the following lot, the heart shaped bonbonièrre and the very unusual nephrite paperknife, lot 35.
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