Lot 44
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AN IMPORTANT FABERGÉ SILVER TABLE LAMP, WORKMASTER JULIUS RAPPOPORT, ST. PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1895 |

Estimate
120,000 - 180,000 USD
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Description

  • silver, onyx/bowenite, glass, brass fittings (for electrical)
the ovoid lamp stand and spreading foot boldly chased with scrolls and shellwork, the shaped base with canted edges carved of hardstone, with white glass balloon cover, fitted with modern socket, struck with workmaster's initials, K. Fabergé in Cyrillic with Imperial warrant, 88 standard

Catalogue Note

Electrical systems for domestic use first appeared in St Petersburg in the 1880s; some early Fabergé electric lamps were used in the private rooms of members of the Imperial family. Most were the work of Julius Rappoport, whose skill as a silversmith was required to make lamps of sufficient luxury for an Imperial interior. Rappoport produced a number of lamps in the Neoclassical taste; this design demonstrates his mastery of the exuberant and energetic curves inspired by Meissonier. For comparison see two lamps formerly in the Alexander Palace now in the collection of Pavlovsk (Pavlovsk: Polnyi katalog kolletskii, tom IX, 2013, pp. 22, 35) and Sotheby's London, 8 June 2011, lot 505.
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