A Two Colour Gold and Gem-set Kovsh by Carl Fabergé
St Petersburg, c.1885
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.
The Last Flowering of Court Art: A Russian private collection of Fabergé,
exhibition catalogue (Wartski, 2010), number 25.
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