Fabergé, Rome, Museo Del Corso, 30 October 2003 – 18 January 2004
G. von Habsburg, Fabergé, Rome, 2003, p. 65
Silver table lighter shaped as a miniature Russian samovar with turned ebony handles. Table-lighters shaped as samovars were a speciality of Fabergé. Several smaller examples in gold by Wigström have survived (see Géza von Habsburg and Marina Lopato, Fabergé Imperial Jeweler, 1993, no. 163).
Julius Alexandrovitch Rappoport (1864-1916) – Russian silversmith of Jewish origin, one of the most famous Fabergé’s workmasters. Julius Rappoport opened his first own workshop in St. Petersburg in 1883 but then moved to Moscow to join Fabergé firm. His maker’s mark was IP and in Russian Cyrillic (ИР). Between 1886 and 1908, Rappoport was one of four “workmasters”, main leaders of Fabergé workshops. He was the Fabergé’s most important supplier of large silver objects. He is best known for his naturalistic animal figures, but he also executed special commissions for the Imperial Family, the Imperial Cabinet and noble families.