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A SILVER TOPPED GOLD-MOUNTED STAR SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND PENDANT BROOCH
A SILVER TOPPED GOLD-MOUNTED STAR SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND PENDANT BROOCH

BY FABERGÉ, WITH THE WORKMASTER'S MARK OF AUGUST HOLMSTRÖM, ST. PETERSBURG, 1899-1903, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 6897

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A SILVER TOPPED GOLD-MOUNTED STAR SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND PENDANT BROOCH
BY FABERGÉ, WITH THE WORKMASTER'S MARK OF AUGUST HOLMSTRÖM, ST. PETERSBURG, 1899-1903, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 6897
Set with a cabochon star sapphire within an old mine-cut diamond border, surmounted by a diamond-set ribbon crest, the reverse with suspension loop, detachable pin guard and two alternate backings, marked on reverse of mount and pin guard; in a fitted Wartski case
1½ in. (3.8 cm.) high
Provenance
Grand Duchess Maria of Russia (1847-1909), wife of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich, brother of Tsar Alexander III, née Duchess of Mecklenburg.
With Wartski, London.
Literature
Géza von Habsburg, Fabergé in America, New York, 1996, p. 305, no. 348 (illustrated).
Géza von Habsburg, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, London, 2000, p. 251, no. 619 (illustrated).
Exhibition catalogue, Fabergé and the Russian Jewellers, London, Wartski, 2006, p. 23, no. 47 (illustrated).
S. Harrison, et al., Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique, New Haven and London, 2008, p. 216, no. 31 (illustrated).
Exhibited
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fabergé in America, 16 February – 28 April 1996, no. 348.
Wilmington, Riverfront Arts Center, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, 9 September 2000 - 18 February 2001, no. 619.
London, Wartski, Fabergé and the Russian Jewellers, 10-20 May 2006, no. 47.
Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique, 19 October 2008-18 January 2009, no. 31.

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Lot Essay

Grand Duchess Maria's passion for jewellery is renowned. At its apogee, her collection included a one hundred carat emerald, once owned by Catherine the Great, and the five carat ruby of Josephine de Beauharnais. After the Grand Duchess's death, her jewels were sold to support her family in exile; her Bolin tiara of diamond loops with pearl drops, was remounted in platinum and is now worn by Queen Elizabeth II. For more on the collection of Grand Duchess Vladimir, see S. Papi, The Jewels of the Romanovs: Family and Court, London, 2010, pp. 94 - 115.


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