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    Sale 7598

    Russian Art

    11 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 455

    A silver-gilt and gold-mounted guilloché enamel sunburst clock

    MARKED FABERGÉ, WORKMASTER'S MARK OF MICHAEL PERCHIN, ST. PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1898, WITH SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 57929

    Price Realised  

    A silver-gilt and gold-mounted guilloché enamel sunburst clock
    marked Fabergé, workmaster's mark of Michael Perchin, St. Petersburg, circa 1898, with scratched inventory number 57929
    Square with rounded corners, the chased and engraved gilt laurel rim enclosing the sunburst yellow enamel with applied gold rays, emanating from the seed-pearl set bezel, the white enamel dial with black arabic chapter and pierced gold hands, scroll strut, ivory back, marked on lower rim, strut and casing
    3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) high


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    Empress Maria Feodorovna (1847-1928), daughter of Christian IX, King of Denmark and Queen Louise, was very close to her sister Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, writing to her every week throughout their lives. The Empress had a very warm and sociable personality and was generous in her affection to those around her and her family. It is natural therefore that she should have given such a delightful gift to her niece, Louise, Princess Royal, who had married the Duke of Fife in 1889, or directly to her great niece, Lady Maud Duff, created H.H. Princess Maud in 1905.

    H.H. Princess Maud (1893-1945) married Charles, 11th Earl of Southesk in 1923, whose Scottish residence was Kinnaird Castle a few miles from Guthrie Castle, home of Colonel Ivan Guthrie and his wife Mona. The two were great friends and shared philanthropic interests. [Kathleen] Mona, née Gough, was a descendant of the eminent military commander, Viscount Gough, and had been brought up in the family home in Ireland by her cousin and neighbour, Lady Gregory of Coole Park.

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    Provenance

    Purchased by Empress Maria Feodorovna from Fabergé on 12th January 1898.
    H.H. Princess Maud, Countess of Southesk.
    [Kathleen] Mona Guthrie, neé Gough and thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY