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PROPERTY OF A MEMBER OF A EUROPEAN PRINCELY FAMILY

A fine and rare Fabergé gold and enamel miniature chair bonbonnière, workmaster Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, 1899-1903
Estimation
1 000 0001 500 000
Lot. Vendu 2,280,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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PROPERTY OF A MEMBER OF A EUROPEAN PRINCELY FAMILY

A fine and rare Fabergé gold and enamel miniature chair bonbonnière, workmaster Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, 1899-1903
Estimation
1 000 0001 500 000
Lot. Vendu 2,280,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

A fine and rare Fabergé gold and enamel miniature chair bonbonnière, workmaster Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, 1899-1903
in the form of a French Empire fauteuil en gondole, the ground engraved to simulate mahogany grain beneath translucent red enamel, the arms and back with pierced lyre-form supports, the seat enamelled in imitation of silk with translucent green over banded wavy engine-turning and decorated with paillions including a central urn, the front with a removable  drawer, marked with workmaster's initials, Fabergé in Cyrillic and 72 standard, also with scratched inventory number 1920
2 1/4 in
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Provenance

By direct descent from the original owner

Description

Miniature gold and enamel items of furniture such as this fauteuil en gondole are extremely rare. 
Other examples, a miniature table in the Louis XVI style and a Louis XV style miniature desk, are preserved in the Collection of H.M.Queen Elizabeth; see, Caroline de Guitaut, Fabergé in the Royal Collection,  London, 2003, pp. 192 and 193. A miniature bidet is in the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art in the United States.
This presently offered chair is based on the designs of  Leo von Klenze (1784-1864), Bavarian court architect trained in Berlin and Paris. In 1839 von Klenze was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas I to build the New Hermitage in St. Petersburg and was also given the responsibility  for the design of the furnishings. He had earlier designed the furniture for a large part of the Royal residence in Munich. A highly comparable gold and enamel Empire-style armchair, formerly in the Forbes Collection, and also based on a design by von Klenze, is reproduced by Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm et al, Golden Years of Fabergé, Drawings and Objects from the Wigström Workshop, New York, 2000, pp.102 and 103.

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