Russian Silver Vase

Fabergé
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reference number: FB_063

1890s

silver

diameter 13.3 cm

maker’s mark: Imperial Warrant mark of Fabergé

assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials A.A. for Anatoly Artsybashev

assay mark of Moscow, 1894

silver standard: 88 zolotnik

An Art Nouveau silver vase by Fabergé naturalistically formed as a flower with five petals standing on a leafy stem, the interior with reeding and pellet-shaped pistils, engraved with Cyrillic monogram ES. For an almost identical vase dated 1893 in the State Historical Museum in Moscow (ОК 23197), see Karl Fabergé and the Age of Russian Renaissance [Karl Fabergé i Epokha Russkogo Renessansa], Moscow, 2019, p. 97, no. 39, illustrated in colour.

 

Fabergé silver vase, 1893, The State Historical Museum, Moscow

Art Nouveau made a brief appearance in Fabergé’s St. Petersburg oeuvre between the late 1890s, with the creation of the famous Lilies of the Valley Egg (Fabergé Museum, St. Petersburg), and 1902, the date of the Clover Egg (Kremlin Armory Museum, Moscow). The style was much admired by Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna, whose brother, Grand Duke Ernst Louis of Hesse patronised an Art Nouveau artists’ colony in Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt.

 

For Art Nouveau objects created by Fabergé for Alexandra Fyodorovna, in particular, silver mounts for glass and pottery vases by Gallé, Doulton, Tiffany and Roerstrand, see G. von Habsburg and M. Lopato, Fabergé, Imperial Jeweler, New York,1993, pp. 200-201, 213-15. 

 

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