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A Fabergé Gold-Mounted Gilded Silver and Translucent Enamel Gem-Set Double Bell Push, Moscow, circa 1900
Estimate
70,00080,000
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154
A Fabergé Gold-Mounted Gilded Silver and Translucent Enamel Gem-Set Double Bell Push, Moscow, circa 1900
Estimate
70,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A Fabergé Gold-Mounted Gilded Silver and Translucent Enamel Gem-Set Double Bell Push, Moscow, circa 1900
of rectangular shape, with finely-chased varicolor gold mounts in the neoclassical taste, enameled in translucent mauve over a wavy guilloché ground, the top applied with flower heads, foliage, and intertwined laurel leaves set with three diamonds, the cabochon sapphire and ruby push pieces with gadrooned collars, set on four tapering feet
with K. Fabergé in Cyrillic with Imperial warrant and 56 standard. With contemporary wiring and wood base
Length 4 3/16 in.
10.6 cm
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Provenance

Mrs. John Hay (Betsy Cushing) Whitney
Sotheby's, New York, October 19, 1998, lot 22
A la Vieille Russie, New York

Literature

James Hurtt, "Fabergé Bell Pushes," The Magazine Antiques, October 2000, p. 561.

Catalogue Note

This lovely bell push was obviously made for a stylish and wealthy home. The great majority of extant bell pushes include a single bell; a double bell push was clearly for a home with numerous servants. The lilac color was particularly fashionable in this period, in both costume and interior decorating. Empress Alexandra Feodorovna decorated her personal sitting room, the famous Mauve Room at the Alexander Palace, in shades of mauve and lilac and in 1897 Emperor Nicholas II ordered the now-lost Mauve Egg as an Easter gift for his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna. 

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