Russian Gold and Enamel Scent Bottle

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reference number: FB_201

circa 1890

gold, enamel, ruby

height: 6.5 cm

workmaster’s mark: Cyrillic initials M.P. for Michael Perchin

gold standard: 56 zolotniks

Fabergé scent bottle, Hermitage

Fabergé scent bottle, workmaster Michail Perkhin, the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

A gold heart-shaped scent bottle with a hinged cover, overall enamelled in grey over a guilloché ground, mounted with a gold laurel-chased rim, the cover set with a cabochon ruby set in a gold mount.


A silver-gilt scent bottle of similar design by Michael Perchin is in the collection of the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (ЭРО-9328)


Michael Yevlampievitch Perchin (1860-1903) was Fabergé’s second, and most gifted head workmaster, active from 1884 until 1903. During these years, he supervised the production of the imperial Easter eggs. All but one, famous Fabergé large Imperial Eggs made before Perchin’s death in 1903, bear the hallmark of his workshop.


The period when Perchin was in charge of Fabergé’s works is acknowledged as being particularly innovative, with the firm’s output covering a great range of different object types and styles. With the arrival of Perchin at the Fabergé firm in 1884 and his appointment as head workmaster, Fabergé began to experiment in translucent guilloché enamels and hardstone carvings.

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