Lot 345: Eugene J. Kupjack (American, 1912-1991), Fabergé, 20th century
December 14, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
Eugene J. Kupjack (American, 1912-1991)
Fabergé, 20th century
A romantic depiction of the Fabergé shop, possibly modeled on the facade by Etienne Séjournant (maitre in 1772) of 3, quai de Bourbon, Île Saint-Louis, Paris, between 1775–77, on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
H: 16 1/4, W: 15 3/8, D: 24 in.
E.J. Kupjack Associates, Inc., Park Ridge, Illinois, August 16, 1984.
The room sealed and unopened. No apparent losses within the room, the electrical wiring apparently operative (no assurances made for bulbs contained in the interior). The frame of the room damaged and rearttached at left hand side.
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The Fabergé firm had, at various times, shops in St. Petersburg and Moscow, as well as Kiev, Odessa, and London. This shopfront does not bear a marked similarity to any of these locations, and so it appears that Eugene Kupjack used a bit of an architectural fantasy to suggest the fin-de-siècle luxury of the Fabergé store. The façade appears to be modeled on the façade by Etienne Séjournant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, though it is largely a decorative pastiche.
This work was exhibited at the Winter Antiques Show, New York, NY, January 19-28, 1990.