Lot 334
  • 334

A Fabergé jewelled gold and enamel timepiece, workmaster Henrik Wigström, St Petersburg, 1904-1908

180,000 - 250,000 GBP
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  • diamonds, gold, enamel, ivory, silver
  • height 8.9cm, 3 1/2 in.
square, the face enamelled in translucent salmon pink over sunburst engine-turning and painted with radiating dendritic tendrils, the numbers each set with rose-cut diamonds on raised discs of translucent white enamel over concentric engine-turning intertwined with gold laurel, white line border, the frame of chased gold acanthus leaves, ivory back, silver scroll strut, struck with workmaster's initials and Fabergé in Cyrillic, 56 and 88 standards, scratched inventory numbers 15890 (crossed out) and 14845 or 14245, in a wood Wartski case


Yul Brynner, purchased from Wartski, London, 11 August 1966

Wartski, from whom purchased by the mother of the present owner


Illustrated, A. K. Snowman, Carl Fabergé: Goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia, New York, 1983, p. 59.

G. Munn, Wartski: The First One Hundred and Fifty Years, London, 2015, p. 136, illustrated p. 138: 'Kenneth Snowman believed this was the prettiest clock that Fabergé had ever made, and it is certainly one of the most lavish.'

Catalogue Note

The actor Yul Brynner (1920-1985) was born in Vladivostok and retained an interest in his Russian heritage and in Russian objects throughout his life.  He narrated Lost to the Revolution, a documentary of the Forbes Collection of Imperial Fabergé eggs, in 1981.

A similar timepiece, also by Wigström, with a thicker outer frame and diamond-set hands, without the laurel entwining the white discs, sold, Sotheby's Zurich, 17 May 1979, lot 206.