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A FABERGÉ IMPERIAL PRESENTATION JEWELLED GOLD AND GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL BROOCH, WORKMASTER AUGUST HOLLMING, ST PETERSBURG, 1899-1908

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Estimate:

5,000

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- 7,000 GBP

A FABERGÉ IMPERIAL PRESENTATION JEWELLED GOLD AND GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL BROOCH, WORKMASTER AUGUST HOLLMING, ST PETERSBURG, 1899-1908

A FABERGÉ IMPERIAL PRESENTATION JEWELLED GOLD AND GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL BROOCH, WORKMASTER AUGUST HOLLMING, ST PETERSBURG, 1899-1908

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 7,000 GBP

Lot sold:

7,500

GBP

A FABERGÉ IMPERIAL PRESENTATION JEWELLED GOLD AND GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL BROOCH, WORKMASTER AUGUST HOLLMING, ST PETERSBURG, 1899-1908


enamelled in translucent white, with a blue enamelled  'Э' over radiating and hatched grounds, centred with a ruby and rose-cut diamond set Imperial crown encircled in laurel branches, struck on the clasp with workmaster's initials, 56 standard, scratched inventory number 1344

diameter 2.6cm, 1in.

In excellent condition.


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NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.

The present brooch relates to a group of sketches for jewels, singed ‘K. Fabergé’ in Cyrillic, that incorporate the letter 'Э'. These designs for potential gifts were presented by Fabergé to the Cabinet of His Imperial Majesty. The staff of the cabinet then selected which designs were to be executed in gold, enamel and precious stones (Svetlana Chestnykh et.al., Spala: An imperial Residence, 2011, pp. 130-131).


It is most likely that the blue enamelled 'Э' on the present brooch relates to the 'Эрмитаж' (Hermitage) Theatre and that these designs were intended as gifts from the Imperial Family to dancers following important performances.