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A GEM-SET AND GOLD-MOUNTED AGATE MODEL OF AN OWL
A GEM-SET AND GOLD-MOUNTED AGATE MODEL OF AN OWL
A GEM-SET AND GOLD-MOUNTED AGATE MODEL OF AN OWL
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A GEM-SET AND GOLD-MOUNTED AGATE MODEL OF AN OWL

BY FABERGÉ, WORKMASTER HENRIK WIGSTRÖM, ST PETERSBURG, 1908-1917

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A GEM-SET AND GOLD-MOUNTED AGATE MODEL OF AN OWL
BY FABERGÉ, WORKMASTER HENRIK WIGSTRÖM, ST PETERSBURG, 1908-1917
Realistically carved as a standing owl, the eyes set with demantoids, with finely chased gold feet, marked under feet with workmaster's initials
1 5⁄8 in. (4.3 cm.) high
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 14 June 1989, lot 352.
Literature
A. von Solodkoff, Fabergé, Juwelier des Zarenhofes, Heidelberg, 1995, p. 64, no. 19 (illustrated).
Exhibition catalogue, Fabergé - A Private Collection, Helsinki, 1997, p. 18, no. 15 (illustrated).
U. Tillander-Godenhielm et al., Golden Years of Fabergé: Drawings and Objects from the Wigström Workshop, Paris, 2000, p. 51 (illustrated).
G. von Habsburg, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, London, 2000, p. 312, no. 854 (illustrated).
Exhibition catalogue, Fabergé - Cartier, Rivalen am Zarenhof, Munich, 2003, illustrated p. 253, no. 358 (illustrated).
Exhibition catalogue, Carl Fabergé. A Private Collection, London, 2012, p. 75, no. 60 (illustrated).
Exhibited
Hamburg, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Fabergé, Juweilier des Zarenhofes, 12 April - 25 June 1995, no. 19.
Lahti, Lahti Art Museum, Fabergé - A Private Collection, 14 March - 4 May 1997, no. 15.
New York, A La Vieille Russie; New Orleans; Golden Years of Fabergé. Drawings of the Wigström Workshop, 12 April - 19 May 2000.
Wilmington, Riverfront Arts Centre, Fabergé, Imperial Craftsman and his World, 14 August 2000 - 28 February 2001, no. 854.
Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Fabergé/Cartier, Rivals at the Tsars Court, 28 November 2003 - 12 April 2004, no. 358.
London, Wartski, Carl Fabergé. A Private Collection, 15 - 25 May 2012, no. 60.

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Lot Essay

The original design for a comparable model of an owl appears in a surviving album of Henrik Wigström’s drawings, numbered '12639' and dated '1911' (U. Tillander-Godenhielm et al., Golden Years of Fabergé: Drawings and Objects from the Wigström Workshop, Paris, 2000, p. 159, pl. 111).

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