Russian Silver Imperial Trophy

Fabergé
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reference number: FB_002

1910s

silver

height: 34 cm

stamped with Imperial warrant mark of Fabergé under the base

assay mark of Moscow, 1908-1917

silver standard: 88 zolotnik

Provenance

Sotheby’s New York, 10/11 June 1985, Sale 5345, lot 490

Exhibitions

Fabergé in America, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 16 February – 28 April 1996; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 25 May – 28 July 1996; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 24 August – 3 November 1996; New Orleans Museum of Art, 7 December 1996 – 9 February 1997; Cleveland Museum of Art, 12 March – 11 May 1997

Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, Wilmington, Delaware, 9 Sept 2000 – 18 Feb 2001

Bibliography

Andre Ruzhnikov Russian Icons, Palo Alto, 1990s, illustrated on the back cover

G. von Habsburg, D. Parks Curry, Ch. Forbes, H. Hawley, J. Webster Keefe, A. Odom, Fabergé in America, San Francisco, 1996, no. 302, p. 279, illustrated in colour

G. von Habsburg, A. von Solodkoff, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, London, 2000, no. 145, p. 101, illustrated in colour

 

A silver Imperial presentation trophy of urn shape standing on a concave triangular base upheld by three double-headed eagles with spread-out wings, each perched on a polished sphere. The cup is chased with tapering flutes at the base and a wide band of laurel leaves under the lip. In the middle it is set with an applied two-line Cyrillic inscription: Her Imperial Majesty’s / First Prize. The domed cover with tapering flutes is surmounted by an Imperial Russian crown.

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