Lot 403
  • 403

A hardstone desk seal, probably Fabergé, circa 1900

Estimate
2,000 - 3,000 GBP
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Description

  • rock crystal
carved of rock crystal in the form of a mushroom, faceted lower body and collar, fluted stem, the matrix engraved with cypher H.P. below a noble coronet

Catalogue Note

Curiously, nearly all of the Fabergé mushroom-form rock crystal desk seals which have come onto the market have Imperial and Royal connections, suggesting that these objects were favourites among relations of the Imperial Family, and perhaps even produced exclusively for them.  A collection of ten seals, formerly in the collection of Prince Waldemar of Denmark, brother of Empress Maria Feodorovna, sold, Sotheby's Geneva, 21 November 1991, lot 502.  A group of five, formerly the property of Marie-Madeleine, Countess Mordvinoff, a great-granddaughter of Duke Nicholas of Oldenburg whose sister Alexandra married Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich, third son of Nicholas I, sold, Christie's New York, 19 October 2001, lot 134.  Another Royal example sold, Sotheby's, Works of Art from the Royal House of Hanover, 10 October 2005, lot 2022, and a further example given by Prince Waldemar's wife, Princess Marie d'Orleans, to her lady-in-waiting, sold, Sotheby's London, 10 June 2009, lot 558. 
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