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A Highly Important Fabergé Varicolored Gold-Mounted Nephrite Desk Set, Workmaster Henrik Wigström, St Petersburg, 1903-1912

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Estimate:

150,000

to
- 250,000 GBP

Property Formerly in the collection of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza

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A Highly Important Fabergé Varicolored Gold-Mounted Nephrite Desk Set, Workmaster Henrik Wigström, St Petersburg, 1903-1912

A Highly Important Fabergé Varicolored Gold-Mounted Nephrite Desk Set, Workmaster Henrik Wigström, St Petersburg, 1903-1912

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 250,000 GBP

Lot sold:

571,600

GBP

Property Formerly in the collection of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza

A Highly Important Fabergé Varicolored Gold-Mounted Nephrite Desk Set, Workmaster Henrik Wigström, St Petersburg, 1903-1912


all finely carved of nephrite and mounted in two-colour gold and silver-gilt, assembled of two sets, the first comprising a standing clock, an inkpot, match box, bell-push, blotter, tray, pen and propelling pencil, struck with workmaster's initials, Fabergé in Cyrillic, 56 standard, 1903, scratched inventory number 11925, the second comprising a table clock, a pair of candlesticks and a gum-pot, struck with workmaster's initials, 56 standard, 1904-1908

the standing clock 20.5cm, 8 in. high

Unless otherwise state in excellent condition overall with slight tarnish to gold mounts and a few internal inclusions, consistent with the natural qualities of the stone.


1. The standing clock with one very small area of impact to the rim of the foot measuring approximately 2mm, located at 4:30, causing the stone to be lighter.

2. The gum pot with one very small area of impact to the rim of the foot measuring approximately 1.5cm, causing the stone to be lighter.

3. The inkwell with four small abrasions to the rim of the foot, causing the stone to be lighter.

4. The table clock with two pins missing from the clock mount, causing there to be a small gap in the rim when closed.

5. The match holder with slight discoloration to gold in the bottom left corner of the match strike.

6. The stamp dampener with a tiny area of impact the size of a pinhead to one corner, causing the stone to be lighter.

7. The pen tray has one mount with traces of solder to the pins underneath the ribbon-mount, the other ribbon-mount with traces of glue around one swag and the corresponding bow slightly gaping from the body.

8. Candlesticks, one with one loose vertical gold mount, the other with a small loss to the high point of the middle segment of the graduated body, measuring approximately 2mm, causing the stone to be lighter.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

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."

Please note that the hinged mount around the inset clock of the smaller table clock is silver-gilt.
The first eight pieces; Sir Bernard Eckstein (1894–1948) Collection, Sotheby's, London, 8 February 1949, lot 134
Farouk I, King of Egypt (1936-1965) until 1952
Sotheby & Co., The Palace Collections of Egypt, Koubbeh Palace, Cairo, March 10, 1954, lot 146
The group of four; Dr. James Hasson Collection
Baron Hans Heinrich von Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Lugano
Thence by descent
K. Snowman, The Art of Carl Fabergé, London, 1962, figs. 179 and 187
The group of four; H.C Bainbridge, Peter Carl Fabergé, Goldsmith and Jeweller to the Russian Imperial Court, London, 1966, pl. 41
Exhibition catalogue Fabergé: Exhibition for the Benefit of the Scholarship Fund of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, New York, A La Vieille Russie, Inc., 1983, no. 314, p. 99 illustrated
A. Somers-Cocks and C. Truman, Renaissance Jewels, Gold Boxes and Objets de vertu in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, London, 1984, no. 125, p. 343 illustrated
Exhibition catalogue G. Von Habsburg, Fabergé, Jeweller to the Tsar, London, 1987, no. 241, p. 170 illustrated
U. Ball, S. Barten, Carl Fabergé: Kostbarkeiten russischer Goldschmiedekunst der Jahrhunderwende: (Austellung), Museum Bellerive, Zurich, 1989, no. 67, pp. 91, 92 illustrated
Exhibition catalogue G. Von Habsburg and M. Lopato, Fabergé Imperial Jeweller, London, 1993, no. 264, p. 366 illustrated
New York, A La Vielle Russie, Fabergé, A Loan Exhibition for the benefit of the scholarship Fund of The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, April 22, 1983 - May 21, 1983
Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Fabergé, Juwelier der Zaren, December 5, 1986 - February 22, 1987
Zurich, Museum Bellerive, Carl Fabergé, Kostbarkeiten Russischer Goldschmiedekunst der Jahrhundertwende, 1989
St Petersburg, Paris and London, Fabergé Imperial Jeweller, 1993-1994