Russian Silver-Gilt and Enamel Compact

Fabergé
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reference number: FB_097

1908-1917

silver-gilt, enamel

diameter: 5.5 cm

maker’s mark: FABERGÉ in Latin

workmaster’s mark: initials H.W. Henrik Wigström

silver standard: 88 zolotniks

London import marks

contained in original fitted case

Provenance

Mrs Emanuel Snowman Collection

Bibliography

A.K. Snowman, The Art of Carl Fabergé, Connecticut, 1962, illustrated in colour, pl. XIV

 

A silver-gilt Fabergé compact of circular form, overall decorated with translucent maroon enamel over a guilloché ground, the hinged cover with a gold rim chased with laurel leaves and acanthus rosette in the centre, the gilt interior fitted with a mirror.  Contained in its original silk and velvet lined fitted wooden case, the lid silk stamped in Cyrillic ‘Fabergé, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Moscow’ beneath the Imperial warrant.

 

Henrik Immanuel Wigström (1862-1923) was Faberge’s head workmaster between 1903 and 1917, having joined the firm at the age of 22 in 1884 as an assistant to Michael Perchin. His workshop was responsible for most of the firm’s later Easter eggs, as well as a large quantity of superbly crafted enamel, gold and silver objects of art and small jewels.

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