Gold-Mounted Nephrite Desk Set

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nephrite, gold

leather-bound letterpress: 22 x 18 cm;

dip pen length: 16.5 cm;

pencil height: 13.2 cm;

letter opener length: 12.2 cm;

blotter length: 11.6 cm;

pen rest length: 11 cm;

notepad holder length: 10.8 cm;

photograph frame height: 8.5 cm;

stamp box length: 6.8 cm;

candle holder with drip tray height: 5.7 cm;

glue pot height: 5.5 cm;

seal height: 5 cm;

inkwell length: 4.8 cm

maker’s mark: Fabergé in Cyrillic

workmaster’s mark: initial H.W. for Henrik Wigström

assay mark of St. Petersburg (crossed anchors and sceptre)

gold standard: 72 zolotniks

Fabergé scratched inventory number 791


Purchased from Fabergé’s London branch by His Royal Highness Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath, Prince of Bisnulok, favourite son and representative of King Rama V of Thailand, during his visit to England for the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911


P.L. Schaffer and U. Tillander-Godenhielm, Golden Years of Fabergé: Drawings and Objects from the Wigström Workshop, New York, 2000, pp. 142 & 145 (original design illustrated)

K. McCarthy, Fabergé in London. The British Branch of the Imperial Russian Goldsmith, London, 2017, illustrated p. 211


A nephrite desk set, comprising fourteen pieces: photograph frame, electric lamp, candle holder with drip tray, stamp box, glue pot, seal, inkwell, notepad holder, blotter, leather-bound letterpress, pencil, pen rest, dip pen, letter opener; each piece in nephrite with red and green gold mounts chased with ribbon-tied laurel swags and festoons in red and green gold.

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