16 June 2004,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 3,824
GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
A Rare Victorian Novelty Silver Smoker's Companion
Mark of William Frederick Wright, London, 1899
Realistically cast as a chimpanzee, with a hinged head and an internal cover, the tail with a hole for the wick - 4 3/8in. (11.1cm) high, 14oz.
See Illustration back cover
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A very similar example, catalogued as a baboon, marked for Fabergé, workmaster Julius Rappoport, dated 1899-1908 is illustrated in Géza von Habsburg and Marina Lopato, Fabergé Imperial Jeweller, page 328-329.
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