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IMPORTANT WORKS OF ART BY FABERGE FROM THE FORBES COLLECTION

by Christie's


61 lots with images

April 19, 2002

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A SILVER-GILT GUILLOCH쳌 ENAMEL MINIATURE FRAME

Lot 89: A SILVER-GILT GUILLOCH쳌 ENAMEL MINIATURE FRAME

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Description: marked Faberg‚ and with the workmaster's mark of Johan Victor Aarne, St. Petersburg, 1896-1908, with scratched inventory number 3083 Of rectangular form with cut corners, the pyramidal sloping frame of translucent mauve guilloch‚ enamel enclosing a photograph of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna holding her daughter Grand Duchess Tatiana, within a gold dot and dash border, surmounted by a ribbon crest, with scroll strut, marked on rim and strut 21/4in. (5.7cm.) high PROVENANCE Christie's Geneva, 11 May 1982, lot 248 A La Vieille Russie LITERATURE Forbes, C. & Tromeur-Brenner, R. Faberg‚, The Forbes Collection, New York, 1999, p. 123, ill. p. 122 von Habsburg, G. Faberg‚ Imperial Craftsman and His World, London, 2000, no. 695, p. 273, ill. EXHIBITION New York, A La Vieille Russie, Faberg‚, 1983, no. 75, p. 46, ill. p. 73 Detroit, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Faberg‚, The Forbes Magazine Collection, 1984, no. 62 Lugano, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Faberg‚ Fantasies from The Forbes Magazine Collection, 1987, no, 43, p. 64, ill. p. 65 Paris, Mus‚e Jacquemart-Andr‚, Faberg‚, OrfŠvre … la Cour des Tsars, 1987, no. 43, pp. 43-44 Stockholm, Nationalmuseum, Carl Faberg‚: Goldsmith to the Tsar, 1997, no. 113, p. 151, ill. North Carolina, Biltmore Estate, The Glitter and the Gold, 1998, no cat.

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A JEWELLED GOLD AND ROCK-CRYSTAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MOMENTO

Lot 90: A JEWELLED GOLD AND ROCK-CRYSTAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MOMENTO

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Description: marked Faberg‚ and with the workmaster's mark of Michael Perchin, St. Petersburg, circa 1896 The heart-shaped rock-crystal engraved with the letters A and M surrounded by two ribbon-tied laurel wreaths and with the number twenty-five in Roman characters within a gold frame designed with white opaque enamel, mounted onto a circular gold stand with alternating white opaque enamel and gold spiralling bands terminating at a rose-cut diamond and ruby set collar, marked 3in. (7.5cm.) high PROVENANCE Christie's Geneva, A Highly Important Collection of Works of Art by Carl Faberg‚ from the Collection of the Late Sir Charles Clore, 13 November 1985, lot 51, bought by A La Vieille Russie as agent LITERATURE Forbes, C. & Tromeur-Brenner, R. Faberg‚, The Forbes Collection, New York, 1999, p. 162, ill. p. 163 EXHIBITION Lugano, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Faberg‚ Fantasies from The Forbes Magazine Collection, 1987, no. 67, ill. p. 78 Paris, Mus‚e Jacquemart-Andr‚, Faberg‚, OrfŠvre … la Cour des Tsars, 1987, no. 67, ill. p. 74 Simi Valley, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Regal Splendor: Masterpieces from the House of Faberg‚, 1998/99, case 8.

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A SILVER-MOUNTED BRICK MATCH HOLDER

Lot 91: A SILVER-MOUNTED BRICK MATCH HOLDER

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Description: by Faberg‚, Moscow, circa 1890 The rectangular brick with two compartments mounted on two sides with a silver satyrs, the brick marked on the base 'Gusarev brick factory in Moscow', apparently unmarked, in original fitted case stamped 'K. Faberg‚' with Imperial warrant 4 5/8in. (12cm.) long PROVENANCE A La Vieille Russie, New York, April 1982 LITERATURE von Solodkoff, A. Masterpieces from the House of Faberg‚, New York, 1984, p.173, ill. Forbes, C. & Tromeur-Brenner, R. Faberg‚, The Forbes Collection, New York, 1999, p. 238, ill. p. 239 EXHIBITION Virginia/Minneapolis/Chicago, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Faberg‚, Selections from The Forbes Magazine Collection, 1983, no. 6, p. 11 Fort Worth, The Kimbell Art Museum, Faberg‚, The Forbes Magazine Collection, 1983, no. 67 Detroit, The Detroit Institue of Arts, Faberg‚, The Forbes Magazine Collection, 1984, no. 36 Edinburgh, The Fine Art Society, Faberg‚ and the Edwardians, 1987, no. 5, ill. Aberdeen, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Faberg‚ and the Edwardians, 1987, no. 5, ill. New York, Place des Antiquaires, Faberg‚ Silver from The Forbes Magazine Collection, 1987/88, no cat. Kansas City, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Faberg‚ Silver from The Forbes Magazine Collection, 1988, no cat. Atlanta, The High Museum Antiques Show, Faberg‚ Silver from The Forbes Magazine Collection, 1988, no cat. NOTES A similar silver-mounted brick match holder is in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen of England and was exhibited in London, Queen's Gallery Buckingham Palace, Faberg‚, March 1995-January 1996, no. 199.

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A JEWELLED GOLD CIGARETTE-CASE

Lot 92: A JEWELLED GOLD CIGARETTE-CASE

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Description: by Faberg‚ and with the workmaster's mark of August Holmstr”m, St. Petersburg, circa 1890, with scratched inventory number 12229 Of rectangular form, engraved inside on one side, 'En souvenir des journ‚es pass‚es ensemble … Peterhof et au camp, Juillet 1894 Friedrich' and on the other 'Hold my hand and never let it go, I have put into it all my life, my dreams, and trust, Happiness I thought I'd never know, You gave to me; so hold my hand until it turns to dust - 9th July 1939', with gold-mounted cabochon sapphire pushpiece, fully marked 31/2in. (9cm.) long PROVENANCE Grand Duke Friederich of Mecklenburg Alexander Maximovich Reutern Baron and Baroness Max de Reutern, Rome Alexis P. Tessier, New York LITERATURE Forbes, C. & Tromeur-Brenner, R. Faberg‚, The Forbes Collection, New York, 1999, p. 140, ill. p. 141 EXHIBITION Las Vegas, Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Peterhof: Treasures of Russia, 1998/99, p. 103, ill. NOTES The present cigarette-case was presented in 1894 by Grand Duke Friederich of Mecklenburg (1861-1897), the brother-in-law of Czar Alexander III's brother Grand Duke Vladimir, to Colonel Baron Alexander Maximovich Reutern in memory of the manoeuvres at Krasnoe Selo and his visit in Peterhof. Baron Alexander Maximovich Reutern was an officer of the Preobrazhenskii Guards Regiment which he joined in 1867.

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A JEWELLED GOLD CIGARETTE-CASE

Lot 93: A JEWELLED GOLD CIGARETTE-CASE

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Description: probably Bulgarian, circa 1890 Rectangular, with rounded corners, the cover mounted with the cypher of Ferdinand of Bulgaria and Imperial crown set in diamonds, rose-cut diamonds, emeralds and rubies, tinder cord and associated cabochon emerald thumbpiece, apparently unmarked 31/2in. (8.9cm.) long PROVENANCE Presented by King Ferdinand I of Bulgaria to Alexander Maximovich Reutern Baron and Baroness Max de Reutern, Rome Alexis P. Tessier, New York LITERATURE Forbes, C. & Tromeur-Brenner, R. Faberg‚, The Forbes Collection, New York, 1999, p. 140, ill. p. 141.

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