A Fabergé gold, enamel and hardstone pendant scent bottle, workmaster Erik Kollin, St Petersburg, circa 1890
5,000 - 7,000 GBP
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- gold, enamel, hardstone
of amphora form, carved of onyx as two addorsed elephants above a gold and white enamel band, surmounted by a gold tower enamelled in opaque white stonework, the stopper with moonstone terminal set within crenellations, gold chain, the gold-lined interior with gold spoon, struck with workmaster's initials, 72 standard, illegible scratched inventory number
Sotheby's Geneva, 19 May 1998, lot 304
The tower-topped elephant references the Danish Order of the Elephant, Fabergé's use of the motif inspired by the patronage of the Danish-born Empress Maria Feodorovna. For a similar nephrite pendant scent bottle, also by this maker, please see Sotheby's Geneva, 15 May 1996, lot 369. An example from the Niukkanen workshop, the elephant cast in gold, is in a private European collection.