An Enamelled Silver-gilt Case by Carl Fabergé
St Petersburg, 1908-1917
of rectangular form, enamelled with opaque pink, blue, white and green stripes, mounted with a chased gold border with stylised acanthus leaf design, the thumb piece denoted by a deep blue cabochon sapphire.
Chief Workmaster: Henrik Wigström
Originally purchased by Lord Alington from Fabergé’s London branch on 4th April, 1914.
Fabergé in London
The case bears both Russian and English import marks, dating the piece to 1910-1911. Items intended to be sold through the firm’s English branch, which were made in precious metals, first had to receive English assay marks. This involved sending unfinished components to London to be assayed before any enamel could be applied by the Russian workshops – a laborious and costly process.