A Fabergé jewelled and enamelled gold and hardstone flower study, St Petersburg, circa 1900
- gold, crystal, nephrite, diamond, enamel,wood, silk, metal
- height: 9.4cm, 3 3/4 in.
Given by Queen Alexandra to the 1st Lady Iveagh
Thence by descent
Fabergé flowers are among the most treasured objects produced by the firm's workmasters and continue to charm collectors, scholars and enthusiasts. Their beauty lies in the clever illusion of simplicity, as if a freshly cut wild sprig has been dropped into a little pot of water, despite their painstaking creation, the elements so carefully chosen, designed and crafted.
Only approximately eighty flowers are thought to have been made. Queen Alexandra, having been introduced to them by her sister, Empress Maria Feodorovna, was one of the greatest collectors; thus today the British Royal Collection contains twenty-six, including three pansies (RCIN 40210, 40505, 40180; see C. de Guitaut, Fabergé in the Royal Collection, 2003, p. 106-107). The giving of such a precious object suggests that the Queen had great esteem and affection for Lady Iveagh.
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