Russian Nephrite Pill Box

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reference number: FB_019


nephrite, gold, enamel, diamonds

diameter: 3.8 cm

maker’s mark: Fabergé

workmaster’s mark: Cyrillic initials M.P. of Michael Perchin

assay mark of St.Petersburg, before 1899

silver standard: 56 zolotnik



Fabergé, Museo Del Corso, Rome, 30 October 2003 – 18 January 2004

Carl Fabergé and Masters of Stone Carving. Russian Gems, The Kremlin MuseumMoscow, 8 April – 24 July 2011, no. 83


G. von Habsburg, Fabergé, Rome, 2003, p. 52

T. Muntyan, Carl Fabergé and Masters of Stone Carving. Russian Gems, Moscow, 2011, no. 83, p. 109


Nephrite cylindrical box, cover inset with gold rouble of Elizabeth of Russia with red guilloché enamel background and in a rose-cut diamond frame; the rim of red guilloché enamel.


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 Faberge 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.

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