Anders (or Antti) Nevalainen (1858-1933) was a Finnish craftsman who in 1885 qualified in St. Petersburg as a master goldsmith in 1885. He worked for Fabergé on his own terms and had his own staff, which at one stage included fifteen craftsman and two apprentices. Nevalainen’s workshop specialised in small scale items, particularly in silver, silver-gilt, gold and coloured enamels. He often juxtaposed precious metals with hardstones, ceramics and hardwoods producing functional as well as decorative items, such as desk accessories, bell pushes, needle trays and drinking vessels. His work was usually designed in a Russian historic or, like the present lot, neo-classical style.
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