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Event Date29 November 01:00 PM GMT | Live auction 20821

A Selection of Fabergé Masterpieces from the Harry Woolf Collection

A Selection of Fabergé Masterpieces from the Harry Woolf Collection

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Christie’s is proud to present ‘A Selection of Fabergé Masterpieces from the Harry Woolf Collection’, which features some of the best examples of Fabergé craftsmanship ever to appear on the market: from animal figures and photograph frames to silver pieces, jewellery and flower studies. Highlights include a rare study of wild strawberries, a famous jewelled mosaic brooch and an enamelled gold bonbonnière in the form of a doge's hat.  

Harry Woolf began to collect Fabergé in the early 1970s at a time when he was already a successful businessman and owner of the London-based pharmaceutical company Underwoods. It was his impeccable taste and eye that resulted in one of the most iconic Fabergé collections in private hands.

Refined over a period of nearly fifty years, Harry Woolf’s collection of Fabergé is considered to be exemplary, boasting rich exhibition history and remarkable quality. Christie’s sale on 29 November offers a unique opportunity to acquire selected masterpieces from this extraordinary collection.

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29 Nov 01:00 PM (GMT) Lots 1-86

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Margo Oganesian

Margo Oganesian

Specialist, Co-Head of Sale, Works of Art | Russian Art

Margo joined Christie’s Russian Art department in 2013. She has a strong background in Russian art history, gaining an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, in addition to fourteen years of commercial gallery and auction house experience. Margo has been instrumental in securing Christie’s leading position on the Russian Works of Art and Fabergé market. She is responsible for researching, sourcing consignments, and coordinating catalogue production for Russian Art sales.

Margo was involved in the iconic sale of the Important Collection of Masterpieces and Imperial Treasures in November 2017, which included the silver rhinoceros automaton and the model of a sedan chair by Fabergé. Most recently, she oversaw the sale of the Duchess of Abercorn's Fabergé collection. Her in-depth research and business getting significantly contributed to Christie’s leading position on the Russian Art market.
Alexis de Tiesenhausen

Alexis de Tiesenhausen

International Head of Department | Russian Art

In a career spanning almost thirty-five years, Alexis de Tiesenhausen has pioneered Christie's Russian art sales in Geneva, New York, and London. Always a leader in his field, this Christie's veteran has been involved with the successful sale of some of the most significant Russian Works of Art ever to appear at auction including: The Kazan Collection of Fabergé (New York, 1997, $4 million); the Di Portanova Collection of Fabergé, Russian Works of Art & Objects of Vertu (New York, 2000, $3,276,869), the Fabergé Imperial Winter Egg (sold twice: New York, 2002, $9,579,500; and Geneva, 1994, 7,263,500 CHF), the Russian Field Marshal's Baton (New York, 2004, $903,500), the Rothschild Fabergé Egg (London, 2007, £8,980,500) and last but not least the Collection of the Duchess of Abercorn (London, 2021, £954,375). A devoted Russian militaria and Fabergé expert, Alexis wrote the foreword to The Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs by Tatiana Fabergé, Lynette Proler and Valentin Skurlov (1997) and is the co-editor of The Preobrazhensky Regiment during the First World War and the Civil War published in 2010. As International Head of the Russian Department, Alexis is responsible for high-level business-getting for all sale sites. Of Russian parentage, Alexis was born in Paris and attended the Institute de Sciences Politiques before going on to study law at The Paris University.

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