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    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 1

    A Silver-Gilt and Guilloché Enamel Box

    BY FABERGÉ, WITH THE WORKMASTER'S CYRILLIC INITIALS 'AP' FOR ALEXANDER PETROV, ST PETERSBURG, 1896-1908

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    A Silver-Gilt and Guilloché Enamel Box
    By Fabergé, with the workmaster's Cyrillic initials 'AP' for Alexander Petrov, St Petersburg, 1896-1908
    Heart-shaped, enamelled in translucent red over a basketweave guilloché ground, the hinged cover centering a gold paillon spray of flowers within a leaf and swag border, with a silver acanthus-chased rim, gilt interior, marked inside cover and base
    1¾ in. (4.5 cm.) long


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    The present lot represents the rarest type of decoration found only on Fabergé's most elaborate enamelled works, paillons, or ornaments of gold leaf incorporated into the enamel.
    The workmaster Alexander Petrov supervised Fabergé's enamel workshops in St Petersburg, however, according to Eugene Fabergé, the technique of paillons was the work of a Czech master named Trasser. See A. von Solodkoff, Fabergé, London, 1988, p. 94.

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    Provenance

    With Ermitage, London.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Session I
    Tuesday 1 December 2009 at 10.30am
    (Lots 1-228)