A smoky quartz figural desk-seal, in the style of Fabergé, probably late 19th century
carved from smoky quartz and modelled as a portrait bust of Nicholas II in Cossack uniform, on a tapering reeded foot on an ovoid base, the matrix stamped with the initials F. I. L. in Latin, apparently unmarked
height 7cm, 2¾in.
With a handful of minor chips, otherwise in good condition.
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For similar seals by Fabergé please see: Exhibition catalogue, Fabergé joaillier des Romanov, Europalia, Brussels, 2005, p. 111 and Exhibition catalogue, The Fabergé Menagerie, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 2003, cat 11, pp. 72-73.