A gold mounted lapis lazuli bowl by Carl Fabergé

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carved from a single piece of richly coloured lapis lazuli in the Renaissance taste as a fluted shell, mounted in matt yellow gold and supported on four finely formed arched and stylized dolphin gold feet.

Chief Workmaster Henrik Wigström, St. Petersburg, circa 1913, inventory number 23690.

Length 10.8 cm

Gold of 72 zolotniks the highest standard employed by Fabergé, the underside of one foot inscribed with collection number 1012 and bearing import marks for London, 1913.

The original design for the bowl dated July 1913 exists in one of the two surviving Wigström design albums.