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A rare and impressive Fabergé jewelled gold-mounted guilloché enamel, rock crystal and nephrite model of an apple blossom, St Petersburg, circa 1900

Estimate:

150,000 - 250,000 GBP

Property from a Private Collection, UK

A rare and impressive Fabergé jewelled gold-mounted guilloché enamel, rock crystal and nephrite model of an apple blossom, St Petersburg, circa 1900

A rare and impressive Fabergé jewelled gold-mounted guilloché enamel, rock crystal and nephrite model of an apple blossom, St Petersburg, circa 1900

Estimate:

150,000 - 250,000 GBP

Lot sold:

327,600

GBP

Property from a Private Collection, UK

A rare and impressive Fabergé jewelled gold-mounted guilloché enamel, rock crystal and nephrite model of an apple blossom, St Petersburg, circa 1900


naturalistically formed with six blossoms, the finely textured gold stem emanating nine nephrite leaves, the flower heads guilloché enamelled in pink and white, each centring a rose-cut diamond amidst stamen, in a large flared rock crystal vase, in a fitted Wartski case, the stem with scratched inventory number 4629, the rock crystal etched with scratched inventory number 23487; together with a note inscribed '1973. Wartski. / A Faberge Apple / Blossom Spray etc. / From the Collection of Martha Baird / Rockefeller...'

height 20cm; 7⅞ in.

Very good condition overall. Small areas of old restoration only to the backs of petals, one front petal with small cracks to enamel.


"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."

The scratched inventory number on this rock crystal vase corresponds to a Fabergé flower purchased for 800 rubles on 1 May 1913. This purchase was divided four ways between members of the Imperial family: Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich, 200 rubles; Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich 200 rubles; Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna 200 rubles; and Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich 200 rubles.
The collection of Martha Baird Rockefeller (1895 –1971)
Acquired at Wartski, London in 1973
Ana-Ines Carcano y Morra 'Chiquita' Astor (1918-1992) and thence by descent