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Protected: A coloured gold mounted enamelled photograph frame by Carl Fabergé,

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enamelled translucent opalescent white over an engraved ground, mounted with four shaped corner pieces in gold frames enamelled royal blue over a sunburst guillochage, separated by chased yellow gold rosettes, fixed top and bottom with finely chased four coloured gold laurel and rose festoons, the upper festoon suspended from a basket of flowers of similarly coloured gold, the border strongly chased yellow gold laurels tied with red ribbons, centred by a miniature of Edith McCormick signed ‘RG (19)03’, beneath glass held in a beaded gold bezel, with ivory backing secured by gold screws, stood on two partly reeded feet and supported with a triangular silver strut.

In its original silk and velvet lined fitted hollywood case, the lid silk stamped ‘Fabergé, St. Petersburg, Moscow’ under the Imperial warrant, with original Fabergé label marked ‘C Fabergé,  no. 59800, 200 roubles’

Chief Workmaster: Michael Evamplevitch Perchin, St. Petersburg, pre 1896, inventory number: 5880.

11.2 cm high.

 

Provenance

A Princely Liechtenstein collection.

The Kazan Collection

Illustrated

 

Objets de Vertu par Fabergé, Michel Y. Ghosn, (Paris, 1996), number 43.

 

Exhibited:

Fabergé-Cartier, at the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung,Munich, 2004, number 47.

The Last Flowering of Court Art, Wartski, London, 2010, number 8.

Edith McCormick was the third daughter of John D. Rockerfeller Sr and first wife of Harold Fowler McCormick; Chairman of the International Harvester Company of Chicago. She was described ‘as a thin dark woman with haunted eyes’ and later moved to Zurich to become a disciple of Carl Jung. Mr McCormick was one of the many American customers of Fabergé in London. In 1913 he purchased four pieces from Fabergé’s shop at 173 New Bond Street. For a discussion of the frame see Fabergé in America, Geza von Habsburg, (London, 1996), page 29.