An Enamelled Gold and Carved Hardstone Vide-Poche by Carl Fabergé

St Petersburg, 1908-1917


carved from a single piece of richly coloured orange aventurine, the form likely derived from ancient Roman stone basins, the gold rim decorated with a ‘dot and dash’ border of translucent green and opaque white enamel.

Signed in Cyrillic FABERGÉ
Chief workmaster: Henrik Wigström
56 zolotnik

Length: 15.5cm
Width: 6.8cm
Height: 2.5cm

A vide-poche is a receptacle into which the contents of a gentleman’s pocket can be emptied, or studs and cufflinks can be placed when disrobing, and was traditionally placed on a dressing table.


A simple pencil sketch of similar design, dated from 1911, exists in the surviving Wigström album.