A Fabergé gold and enamel timepiece, workmaster Henrik Wigström, St Petersburg, 1908-1913
120,000 - 180,000 GBP
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- gold, enamel, ivory
- height 11.7cm, 4 5/8 in.
of shaped rectangular form, the surface of translucent red enamel over sunburst engine-turning within an acanthus leaf border, the projecting corners applied with rosettes, the tied ribbon surmount suspending four-colour gold floral festoons, the bezel of opaque white enamel reeds bound with gold ribbon, the face enamelled in translucent opalescent white, painted with Roman numerals and entwining laurel and inscribed 'Fabergé', ivory back, silver-gilt scroll strut, struck with workmaster's initials and Fabergé, 56 and 88 standards, scratched inventory number 3?0949, 1913 London import marks for Fabergé
The House of Fabergé remains justly famous for the exquisite enamels created by its master craftsmen a century after the closure of the workshops during the Russian Revolution. This timepiece and the preceding three lots partly illustrate the vast array of rich colours of Fabergé objects; of the 145 colours produced, dark red was the most technically difficult to achieve. Having been mounted in gold, rather than the much more common silver, makes these four objects especially luxurious.