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Collection

A Two Colour Gold and Gem-set Kovsh by Carl Fabergé

St Petersburg, c.1885

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the truncated spherical bowl, formed from alternating bands of red and yellow gold, the handle set top and bottom with cabochon rubies, the base of the kovsh mounted with a gold rouble from the reign of Catherine the Great, dated 1785.

Chief workmaster: Erik Kollin

The cup’s elegant scrolled handle is characteristic of the thought behind Fabergé’s work: its design allows the kovsh to be picked up with the index finger and sits easily against the middle finger.

Illustrated

The Last Flowering of Court Art: A Russian private collection of Fabergé,
exhibition catalogue (Wartski, 2010), number 25.