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    Sale 1350

    Magnificent Jewels

    15 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 262

    **AN ANTIQUE GOLD AND ENAMEL FRAME, BY FABERGÉ

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    **AN ANTIQUE GOLD AND ENAMEL FRAME, BY FABERGÉ
    The central oval frame atop a bi-coloured gold architectural plinth, surmounted by a rose gold ribbon and bordered by coloured gold garlands, to the pale blue guilloché enamel frame of rectangular stepped-corner outline and silver-gilt stand to the ivory reverse, circa 1890, 8.8 x 7.2 cm, with St. Petersburg assay marks for 14 k gold and silver (until 1896), in original Fabergé fitted wooden case
    Signed Fabergé, with workmaster mark V.A. (Cyrillic) for Victor Aarne (1863-after 1920), and scratched inventory number 55882


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    Johan Victor Aarne (1863-after 1920) was a Finnish workmaster for Fabergé from 1891. He was known for his enamelled gold and silver articles, and specifically for enamelled frames, such as the lot offered here, with delicate and fine applied goldwork.

    It is hardly surprising to find such a beautiful Fabergé object in the collection of Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck. While her jewels represent the highest quality from the French houses such as Boucheron and Chaumet, this delicate frame reflects the Princess' exquisite taste for craftsmanship together with her own Russian heritage.

    Jewels from the Private Collection of Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck will be offered as lots 388-396 at the end of this auction.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF PRINCESS KATHARINA HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK


    THIS LOT IS PART OF THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF PRINCESS KATHARINA HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK TO BE OFFERED LATER ON IN THE SALE (LOTS 388 - 396)