Russian Jewelled Gold and Enamel Parasol Handle

Fabergé
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reference number: FB_205

circa 1890

gold, enamel, diamonds, citrine

length: 7 cm

maker’s mark: FABERGÉ in Cyrillic

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

assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials Ya.L. for Yakov Lyapunov

gold standard: of 56 zolotnik

A gold parasol handle of tapering cylindrical form decorated with panels of grey enamel over a guilloché ground, framed by chased gold and white enamel borders applied with diamond and enamel flower motifs, the lower part is treated as a series of cartouches each enclosing a rose-cut diamond; the top similarly decorated and set with a rose-cut diamond finial; the edges applied with bands of smaller diamonds; the opening later filled with a large citrine.

 

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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