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    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 38

    A Jewelled Gold and Guilloché Enamel Snuff Box

    MARKED FABERGÉ, WITH THE WORKMASTER'S MARK OF MICHAEL PERCHIN, ST PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1890, WITH FRENCH IMPORT MARK 1893-1971

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    A Jewelled Gold and Guilloché Enamel Snuff Box
    Marked Fabergé, with the workmaster's mark of Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, circa 1890, with French import mark 1893-1971
    Oval, the cover, base and sides enamelled in translucent orange-brown over a striated and dotted guilloché ground, the borders enamelled with trails of pink rose blossoms and green leaves, the sides with urns of flowers, the cover applied with an oval enamel miniature depicting Venus and Cupid, within a diamond border, marked inside cover and base and on flange
    3¼ in. (8.3 cm.) long


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    The present snuff box is comparable with a well-documented and frequently exhibited snuff box, which by tradition was created in response to Emperor Alexander III's challenge to Russian craftsmen to produce works equal in quality to those of French master goldsmiths of the eighteenth century. After studying a Louis XVI snuff box by Joseph Etienne Blerzy, Fabergé workmaster Michael Perchin supervised the production of a snuff box so much finer than the original that the emperor ordered both snuff boxes displayed in the Hermitage as a tribute to this remarkable achievement. See C. Forbes and R. Tromeur-Brenner, Fabergé: The Forbes Collection, New York, p. 145, illustrated. Other documented examples of Perchin's practice of incorporating eighteenth-century plaques into his designs include a yellow guilloché enamel box mounted with a plaque, depicting putti with sheep, attributed to de Mailly. See G. von Hapsburg, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, London, 2000, p. 183, No. 413, illustrated.

    An Imperial presentation snuff-box by Michael Perchin, with nearly identical decoration and applied with an oval miniature of Tsar Nicholas II, was sold Christie's New York, April 20, 2001, lot 136.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's, New York, December 14 and 15, 1983, lot 509.