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A Fabergé jewelled gold-mounted bowenite model of a frog, St Petersburg, circa 1900

Estimate:

25,000 - 35,000 GBP

A Fabergé jewelled gold-mounted bowenite model of a frog, St Petersburg, circa 1900

A Fabergé jewelled gold-mounted bowenite model of a frog, St Petersburg, circa 1900

Estimate:

25,000 - 35,000 GBP

Lot sold:

63,000

GBP

A Fabergé jewelled gold-mounted bowenite model of a frog, St Petersburg, circa 1900


modelled as a frog doing a hand-stand with its rear feet held together, its eyes set with cabochon rubies, its mouth mounted with gold and set with a row of rose-cut diamonds, in the style of a Japanese netsuke

height 5.2cm; 2 1/16 in.

Very good condition overall, a crack on the rear left foot which has caused discolouration, a result in keeping with the qualities of the stone when impacted.


"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.

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The Collection of the Imperial Russian Family
Popoff, Paris
With Warski, 1936
G. Munn, Wartski: The First Hundred and Fifty Years The First 150 Years, 2015, p. 72
Exhibition catalogue, Wilmington, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and his World, 2000, p. 305, illustrated
Exhibition catalogue, Wartski, Japonisme: From Falize to Fabergé, 2011, p. 103 listed, p. 107 illustrated
Wilmington, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and his World, 2000, no. 806
Wartski, Japonisme: From Falize to Fabergé, 2011, no. 201
The Victoria and Albert Museum, Diaghilev and the Gold Age of Ballets Russes, 2010-2011
As with the netsuke on which this frog is based, the gap between its hind legs was designed so that a himotoshi, a cord, could be threaded through.

The present frog appears on a Wartski advert whilst they were located at 138 Regent's Street (1950-1970), illustrated in G. Munn, Wartski: The First One Hundred and Fifty Years, London, 2015, p. 72.