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    Sale 2162

    Russian Art

    24 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 238

    A Jeweled and Gold-Mounted Chalcedony Model of a Parrot on a Silver-Gilt and Guilloché Enamel Perch

    MARKED FABERGÉ, WITH THE WORKMASTER'S MARK OF MIKHAIL PERCHIN, ST. PETERSBURG, 1896-1903, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 1763

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    A Jeweled and Gold-Mounted Chalcedony Model of a Parrot on a Silver-Gilt and Guilloché Enamel Perch
    Marked Fabergé, with the workmaster's mark of Mikhail Perchin, St. Petersburg, 1896-1903, scratched inventory number 1763
    The parrot realistically carved and set with gold-mounted cabochon ruby eyes, its head to one side, with one silver foot gripping a T-shaped perch and bound with a silver link chain, the other silver foot raised to its beak and clutching a piece of food, the perch enameled in translucent strawberry red over a spiral hatched guilloché ground, on a circular base with raised rim, in a fitted Wartski case, marked under base
    4½ in. (11.5 cm.) high


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    Comparable hardstone models of birds on silver-gilt and enamel perches, including a parrot, are preserved in the Royal Collection of Fabergé. See C. de Guitaut, Fabergé in the Royal Collection, London, 2003, pp. 81-82, Nos. 76, 77, 78, illustrated, and p. 90, Nos. 90 and 91, illustrated. A further example of a parrot on a perch is preserved in The India Early Minshall Collection, The Cleveland Museum of Art; see G. von Habsburg, Fabergé in America, New York, 1996, p. 109, No. 88, illustrated.

    A silver-gilt and agate table-ornament of a parrot on a perch was sold Christie's, London, December 15, 2000, lot 150.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF THE LATE LADY WALSTON