Russian Jewelled Gold-Mounted Agate Scent Flacon

Russian Jewelled Gold-Mounted Agate Scent Flacon

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reference number: FB_202

circa 1890

gold, agate, sapphire

height: 7 cm

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

assay mark of St. Petersburg

gold standard: 56 zolotniks

Fabergé scratched inventory number 17613


Wartski, London


A scent flacon carved from brown agate and mounted with matt and polished gold scrolls in Neo-Rococo taste, the hinged lid topped by a cabochon blue sapphire with gold curb link suspension chains; contained in its original silk and velvet lined fitted wooden case, the lid silk stamped in Cyrillic ‘Fabergé, St. Petersburg, Moscow’ beneath Imperial warrant.


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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