Faberge carnation model to top Bonhams at $840,000

paulfrasercollectibles

2015-06-26 13:17:01

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Faberge carnation model to top Bonhams at $840,000

Bonhams' Russian Sale will be led by a delicate Faberge model of a carnation

Bonhams will offer a Faberge model of a carnation is its Russian Sale, which will be held on June 5 in London, as part ofRussian Art Week.

Faberge Carnation modelA similar example is housed in the collection of Queen Alexandra, one of the world'sbiggest collectors of Faberge

The jewelled hardstone model is expected to realise $450,000-550,000 ($690,000-840,000). It was produced by Faberge in the 1890s, and is thought to be from the workshop of Mikhail Perkhin.

The flower is made from red jasper and inset with diamonds, attached to a delicate nephrite stem with leaves gracefully spreading from it. The complete flower rests in a rock crystal tapering vase, which is carved to imitate water.

The piece is considered important as another similar carnation - executed in gold, enamel and rock crystal - is housed in the collection of Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), queen-empress consort of King Edward VII and renowned Faberge collector.

Also starring at Bonhams' saleis a cigarette case gifted to Emperor Nicholas II by his wife, Empress Alexandra Fedorovna.

Christie's will hold its own Russian Art auction on June 3, headlined by a newly discovered masterpiece by Ilya Mashkov.

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