Russian Silver Desk Set

Fabergé
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reference number: FB_064

before 1899

silver

inkstand’s length: 31.7 cm

candlesticks’ height: 20 cm

maker’s mark: Imperial Warrant mark of Fabergé (Fabergé in Cyrillic)

workmaster’s mark: Cyrillic initials I.R. for Julius Rappoport

assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials A.R. for A. Richter

assay mark of St. Petersburg, 1899-1908

silver standard: 84 zolotnik

A silver inkstand and a pair of candlesticks of Rococo design, comprising a stand, sand-box and inkwell the stand of openwork outline standing on scroll feet, chased overall with rocaille scrolls and flowers; the candlesticks on shaped circular foot, cast and elaborately chased with spiral scrolls and rocaille, the vase-shaped stem and sockets similarly chased. The inkstand signed Fabergé beneath the Imperial Warrant.

 

Julius Alexandrovitch Rappoport (1851-1917), originally Isak Abramovich, was one of Fabergé’s rare craftsmen of Jewish origin. Apprenticed in Berlin, he opened his first workshop in St. Petersburg in 1883 but then moved to Moscow to work for the Fabergé firm. While best known for his naturalistic animal figures, Rappoport also executed special commissions for the Imperial family and the Imperial Cabinet. His workshop was taken over by the First Silver Artel around 1909.

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