Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, Wilmington, Delaware, 9 Sept 2000 – 18 Feb 2001
Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, London, 2000, no. 386, p. 177, illustrated in colour
A gold, silver-gilt, nephrite and white guilloché enamel triangular clock set with diamonds, centred by an opaque white enamel dial with Arabic chapters set with a seed-pearl bezel and surrounded by silver-gilt acanthus swags.
Michael Yevlampievitch Perchin (1860-1903) was Fabergé’s second, and most gifted head workmaster, active from 1884 until 1903. During these years, he supervised the production of the imperial Easter eggs. All but one, famous Fabergé large Imperial Eggs made before Perchin’s death in 1903, bear the hallmark of his workshop.
The period when Perchin was in charge of Fabergé’s works is acknowledged as being particularly innovative, with the firm’s output covering a great range of different object types and styles. With the arrival of Perchin at the Fabergé firm in 1884 and his appointment as head workmaster, Fabergé began to experiment in translucent guilloché enamels and hardstone carvings.