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A GEM-SET GOLD-MOUNTED NEPHRITE KOVSH
AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF FABERGÉ MASTERPIECES AND IMPERIAL TREASURES
A GEM-SET GOLD-MOUNTED NEPHRITE KOVSH

MARK OF ALEXANDER TILLANDER, ST PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1890

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A GEM-SET GOLD-MOUNTED NEPHRITE KOVSH
MARK OF ALEXANDER TILLANDER, ST PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1890
The oval nephrite body on an oval foot, with burnished gold mount formed as a snake, terminating in a coiled handle, the head of the snake set with a cabochon garnet, marked on handle
4¾ in. (12 cm.) wide
Provenance
With A. Tillander, Helsinki.
Acquired from the above by the father of the present owner in 1991.
Literature
A. Tillander, The Great Fabergé. The Art of the Jewelers of the Court Firm, Leningrad, 1990, p. 110, no. 210 (illustrated).
Exhibited
Leningrad, Elagin Palace-Museum of the Russian Decorative and Applied Art, The Great Fabergé. The Art of the Jewelers of the Court Firm, 8 February – 1 October 1989, no. 210.
Helsinki, 1990.
Helsinki, Museum of Arts and Crafts, 1991.
Stockholm, Christie’s, 1996.
Lahti, The Lahti Art Museum, Fabergé: Loistavaa kultasepäntaidetta, 14 March – 4 May 1997.

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A comparable kovsh by A. Tillander with an agate body was sold Christie's, London, 28 May 2012, lot 200.

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