Russian Gold-Mounted Silver-Gilt and Enamel Card Case

Fabergé
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reference number: FB_082

circa 1890

silver-gilt, gold, enamel, pearls

length: 9 cm

maker’s mark: Fabergé in Cyrillic

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

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

silver standard: 88 zolotnik; gold standard: 56 zolotnik

A silver-gilt rectangular hinged spring-loaded card case overall decorated with salmon pink enamel over a guilloché moiré ground; the top and bottom edges mounted with gold laurel-chased bands, the lid further trimmed with a gold border set with seed pearls; fitted with an old cut diamond push-piece. Fully hallmarked inside the lid and on the rim at the opening.

 

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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