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A Fabergé gold, enamel and hardstone study of cornflowers, circa 1910
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION

A Fabergé gold, enamel and hardstone study of cornflowers, circa 1910
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A Fabergé gold, enamel and hardstone study of cornflowers, circa 1910
the cut spray with three capitula, their florets enamelled in opaque blue, the anthers in pale purple, the receptacles in yellow-shaded green over engraved sepals, textured gold stems and leaves, in a carved rock crystal baluster form pot, apparently unmarked
height 12.8cm, 5in.
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Catalogue Note

Fabergé's cornflower studies can be classified into two somewhat distinct groups.  The first, larger group consists of slightly more stylised and jewelled examples, enamelled in translucent blue, their stigmas and usually their stamens set with diamonds.  The smaller group of rarer studies includes the offered lot and comprises cornflowers executed with a more naturalistic treatment, lacking in precious stones, enamelled in matte-finish blue, their sepals enamelled in yellow and green in a closer approximation of reality. 

The best-known example of this latter group is the cornflower study in the Matilda Geddings Gray Collection, now on long-term loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (illustrated, J. Keefe, Masterpieces of Fabergé: The Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection, New Orleans, 1993, pp. 86-87).  The Gray cornflower rests in an Art Nouveau Tiffany-style Favrile glass pot made by the Imperial Glass Works and is reputed to have belonged to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.  Two further related examples were exhibited, A la Vieille Russie, New York, ‘Fabergé: A Loan Exhibition for the Benefit of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’, 1983, nos. 455 and 456, and are illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, p. 124.

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