A GEM-SET SILVER-MOUNTED HARDWOOD KOVSH
A GEM-SET SILVER-MOUNTED HARDWOOD KOVSH
A GEM-SET SILVER-MOUNTED HARDWOOD KOVSH
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A GEM-SET SILVER-MOUNTED HARDWOOD KOVSH

BY FABERGÉ, MOSCOW, 1908-1917, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 24723

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A GEM-SET SILVER-MOUNTED HARDWOOD KOVSH
BY FABERGÉ, MOSCOW, 1908-1917, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 24723
In the form of a stylised duck, the carved wooden body applied with openwork silver mounts, chased with scrolls in the neo-Russian style, set with cabochon garnet eyes, the silver head mount decorated with two green hardstone pendants and a finial, marked on mounts with ‘K. Fabergé’ in Cyrillic beneath the Imperial Warrant
5 1⁄2 in. (14 cm.) long
Provenance
Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna (1854-1920), née Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Geneva, 11 May 1983, lot 280.
Literature
G. von Habsburg, Fabergé, Kunsthalle of the Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, 1986, p. 123, no. 30 (illustrated).
Exhibition catalogue, Carl Fabergé. Kostbarkeiten Russischer Goldschmiedekunst der Jahrkunderwende, Zurich, 1989, p. 44, no. 52 (illustrated).
Exhibition catalogue, Fabergé: Imperial Jeweller, St Petersburg, 1993, p. 340, no. 223 (illustrated).
Exhibition catalogue, Carl Fabergé, Goldsmith to the Tsar, Stockholm, 1997, p. 182, no. 160 (illustrated).
G. von Habsburg, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, London, 2000, p. 146, no. 279 (illustrated).
Exhibition catalogue, Carl Fabergé. A Private Collection, London, 2012, p. 70, no. 56 (illustrated).
Exhibited
Munich, Kunsthalle of the Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Fabergé, 5 December 1986 - 8 March 1987, no. 30.
Zurich, Museum Bellerive, Carl Fabergé. Kostbarkeiten Russischer Goldschmiedekunst der Jahrkunderwende, 31 May - September 1989, no. 52.
St Petersburg, Hermitage State Museum; Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs; London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Fabergé: Imperial Jeweller, June 1993 - April 1994, no. 223.
Stockholm, Nationalmuseum, Carl Fabergé, Goldsmith to the Tsar, 6 - 19 October 1997, no. 160.
Wilmington, Riverfront Arts Centre, Fabergé, Imperial Craftsman and his World, 14 August 2000 - 28 February 2001, no. 279.
London, Wartski, Carl Fabergé. A Private Collection, 15 - 25 May 2012, no. 56.

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Lot Essay

Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna (1854-1920), also known as Maria Pavlovna the Elder, was an avid collector of Fabergé. She was the daughter of Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna married the third son of Emperor Alexander II, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (1847-1909). Considered one of the most imposing of the Grand Duchesses, she lived with her husband at Vladimir Palace on the Palace Embankment on the Neva River, where she earned a reputation as one of the finest hostesses in the capital.

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