A gold mounted gardening knife by Carl Fabergé


the carved blue jade handle in the form of a snail, the collar decorated with opaque multi-coloured enamel bound by stylised gold fronds, mounted with a steel blade for pruning.

Signed with the initials of the chief workmaster Michael Perchin.
St. Petersburg, 1886-1899.

The choice of a snail as a handle for a gardening knife is inspired in terms of theme and function, the mollusc sufficiently extended
from its shell to a perfect form for the hand.

Length of handle excluding blade: 10.5 cm.



Exhibition catalogue, Japonisme: from Falize to Fabergé, London, 2011, p. 77, no. 144 (illustrated).

Exhibition catalogue, Carl Fabergé. A Private Collection, London, 2012, pp. 148-149, no. 124 (illustrated).

Wartski: The First One Hundred and Fifty Years, London, 2015, p. 267 (illustrated).



London, Wartski, Japonisme: From Falize to Fabergé, 10 – 20 May 2011, no. 144.

London, Wartski, Carl Fabergé. A Private Collection, 15 – 25 May 2012, no. 124.