Lot 433
  • 433

An Imperial Fabergé gold-mounted enamel frame, workmaster Victor Aarne, St Petersburg, 1899

22,000 - 28,000 GBP
60,000 GBP
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  • silver-gilt, gold, enamel, seed-pearl, ivory
heart-shaped, the surface of translucent orange enamel over banded sunburst engine-turning within a gadrooned border, the oval aperture with seed pearl bezel within ribbon-hung vari-coloured gold floral boughs, ivory back, scroll strut, struck with workmaster's initials and Fabergé in Cyrillic, 88 and 56 standards, scratched inventory number 1755, in original wood box


Purchased by Empress Alexandra Feodorovna on 1 May 1899 for 100 roubles.  Curiously, a second invoice, dated 21 May 1899, was sent to the Imperial Cabinet for half the amount, suggesting that the decision was taken in the interim to split the cost between the Cabinet and the Empress' household.

Purchased at Wartski, London, in 1963 by the present owner