Mrs. John Hay (Betsy Cushing) Whitney
Sotheby's, New York, October 19, 1998, lot 22
A la Vieille Russie, New York
James Hurtt, "Fabergé Bell Pushes," The Magazine Antiques, October 2000, p. 561.
This lovely bell push was obviously made for a stylish and wealthy home. The great majority of extant bell pushes include a single bell; a double bell push was clearly for a home with numerous servants. The lilac color was particularly fashionable in this period, in both costume and interior decorating. Empress Alexandra Feodorovna decorated her personal sitting room, the famous Mauve Room at the Alexander Palace, in shades of mauve and lilac and in 1897 Emperor Nicholas II ordered the now-lost Mauve Egg as an Easter gift for his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna.
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