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Lot 4350: 1895 BLUE SERPENT CLOCK RUSSIAN FABERGE INSPIRED EGG

Weatherham Estate Treasures

August 17, 2022
Cobourg, ON, CA

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1895 Blue Serpent Clock Russian Faberge Inspired Egg 7.75'' (H) X 2.75'' (D) Pewter, Enamel, Crystals Boxed Faberge Eggs have a remarkable story and while the original Faberge eggs are virtually priceless, extraordinary re-creations of Carl Faberge?s works are not only fabulous to look at but wonderful to own and collect. You ask the question, how much would an original Carl Faberge egg cost in today’s market. Here’s a story that will give you that answer: Los Angeles Times: A Faberge egg found at a flea market by a scrap-metal dealer who initially didn't realize the value of what he had discovered will be on public view for the first time in more than a century, according to a British art and antiques dealer. The egg, thought to have been made in the late 19th century for Russian royalty, was purchased years ago at a U.S. flea market for just $14,000, said the antiques dealer, Wartski. The buyer was interested in the item for its gold content but later suspected the piece might be even more valuable. The egg was later sold to a private collector. The identities of the buyer and seller haven't been revealed. Wartski didn't disclose how much was paid for the egg, but some estimates put its value as high as $33 million. It will be on display at Wartski in London from April 14 to 17. The first Faberge egg was crafted for Tsar Alexander III, who had decided to give his wife, the Empress Maria Fedorovna, an Easter egg in 1885, possibly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their betrothal. Although there is no official record of the Tsar's inspiration for it, many believe that he was moved by an egg owned by the Empress’s aunt, Princess Vilhelmine Marie of Denmark, which had captivated Maria’s imagination in her childhood and of which the Tsar was well aware. Known as the Hen Egg, the very first Faberge egg is crafted from a foundation of gold. Its opaque white enameled "shell" opens to reveal a matte yellow-gold yolk. This in turn opens to reveal a multicolored gold hen that also opens. The hen contained a minute diamond replica of the imperial crown from which a small ruby pendant was suspended, but these last two elements have been lost. Maria was so delighted by the gift that Alexander appointed Faberge a "goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown" and commissioned another egg the next year. After that, Peter Carl Faberge was apparently given complete freedom for the design of future imperial Easter eggs, and their designs became more elaborate. According to Faberge family lore, not even the Tsar knew what form they would take the only requirements were that each contain a surprise, and that each be unique. Once Faberge had approved an initial design, the work was carried out by a team of craftsmen, among them Michael Perkhin, Henrik Wigstrom and Erik August Kollin. After Alexander III's death on 1 November 1894, his son, Nicholas II, presented a Faberge egg to both his wife, Alexandra Fedorovna, and his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna. Records have shown that of the 50 imperial Easter eggs, 20 were given to the former and 30 to the latter. Eggs were made each year except 1904 and 1905, during the Russo-Japanese War.The imperial eggs enjoyed great fame, and Faberge was commissioned to make similar eggs for a few private clients, including the Duchess of Marlborough, the Rothschild family and the Yusupovs. Faberge was also commissioned to make twelve eggs for the industrialist Alexander Kelch, though only seven appear to have been completed. Following the revolution and the nationalization of the Faberge workshop in St. Petersburg by the bolsheviks in 1918, the Faberge family left Russia. The Faberge trademark has since been sold several times and several companies have retailed egg-related merchandise using the Faberge name. The Victor Mayer jewelry company produced limited edition heirloom quality Faberge eggs authorized under Unilever's license from 1998 to 2009. The trademark is now owned by Faberge Limited, which makes egg-themed jewellery. In 2015 the owners of this trademark announced the creation of a new "Faberge" egg, one styled by them as belonging to the "Imperial Class" of eggs and therefore the first Imperial-Class egg in 100 years: the Faberge Pearl egg is to be sold in Qatar following a five-day exhibition some time in 2017. A spokesperson for the brand said it expected the egg to fetch at least two million US dollars, possibly much more. Despite its designation as "Imperial", it has no connection to Imperial Russia and instead has become closely tied to wealthy Arab ruling families of various Gulf Nations. Its motif has been described as "scalloped", but the patterns of its curves and lines are also clearly derived from the girih and arabesque of Islamic interlace patterns, and each of its six vertical segments includes a stylized pointed dome and associated pendentives reminiscent of the onion dome and ceiling of an Arabic mosque. - All items may be shipped or picked up locally within one week of sale. We will provide shipping estimates to the winning bidders or winning bidders may arrange their own shipping.

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Shipping

Shipping:
It can take 2-3 weeks to receive an item won at auction. Once paid, we work very hard to coordinate the logistics of getting the item into your possession but depending on the location of the merchandise relative to your own location this can take longer. It may be helpful for you to check into freight or shipping information for an item prior to placing a bid on it.

Shipping on small items (those items less than 2 feet in the longest dimension and weighing less than 40 lbs) is available. We automatically calculate shipping fees for one items following an auction. You may pay for our quote and we will handle on your behalf or you may arrange your own shipping. You may have this shipping fee removed from your invoice by simply emailing us and arranging your own pickup or delivery.

Larger items (those items larger than 24" or weighing more than 41 pounds) may need to be picked up locally or arrange for local pickup or your own freight using a service like uShip. We can help coordinate logistics but the primary responsibility for claiming your new possession(s) is on you, the winning bidder.

Buyer's Premium

20.0%

From: To: Increment:
$0 $30 $1
$31 $49 $2
$50 $99 $5
$100 $249 $10
$250 $499 $20
$500 $999 $25
$1,000 $9,999 $50
$10,000 $19,999 $100
$20,000 $49,999 $250
$50,000 $99,999 $500
$100,000 $249,999 $1,000
$250,000+ $5,000

Extended Bidding

5 minutes/bid

Standard Weatherham's T&C's

All Transactions in USD
Buyer's Premium: 15%
Processing Fee: 2.5% (we only accept credit cards, debit cards, EFT/ACH transfers, and PayPal - no cash or checks)
Online Fee: 2.5% (if you bid and win with us online, this fee will automatically be assessed on your winning invoice following the close of the sale)

Fine print:

All sales are final. All items are listed as is and where is. You must reach out to us with questions prior to placing a bid. You assume full responsibility of an item once you bid on it and win it. Local inspection and preview by appointment only. Otherwise, preview online is now open and ready for inspection. Please email us at [email protected] or call 1-833-409-8757 with questions.


Items that cannot be claimed or shipped within 30 days become the property of Weatherham's for disposal or relisting. You may of course pay a 15% of hammer price as a relisting fee for Weatherham's to relist and reconsign the item on your behalf. This will be at the winning bidder's sole discretion within these 30 days of the sale and payment of an item. Consignor paperwork will be provided as requested.


Payment Methods:
All bids are final and cards on file will be charged within 48-hours of the close of the sale. No discount for cash or check at pickup will be provided. Payment via ACH, wire, or PayPal are also accepted means of payment. Payment by mailed check constitutes a delay of shipping your won items by nearly two weeks, allowing time to receive, deposit, and clear the check. Please do not pay by check for this reason.


Deposit: A $50 hold deposit on your credit card at registration is often required to establish earnest interest in this sale. This is not a charge. We simply make sure your credit card is valid in this way much like a car rental company checks the validity of your card when you register to rent a car.

Your card will be charged 4 days after the close of a sale automatically through Invaluable's WePay for any won lots that have not yet been settled by other payment method.

Shipping:
It can take 2-3 weeks to receive an item won at auction. Once paid, we work very hard to coordinate the logistics of getting the item into your possession but depending on the location of the merchandise relative to your own location this can take longer. It may be helpful for you to check into freight or shipping information for an item prior to placing a bid on it.

Shipping on small items (those items less than 2 feet in the longest dimension and weighing less than 40 lbs) is available. We automatically calculate shipping fees for one items following an auction. You may pay for our quote and we will handle on your behalf or you may arrange your own shipping. You may have this shipping fee removed from your invoice by simply emailing us and arranging your own pickup or delivery.

Larger items (those items larger than 24" or weighing more than 41 pounds) may need to be picked up locally or arrange for local pickup or your own freight using a service like uShip. We can help coordinate logistics but the primary responsibility for claiming your new possession(s) is on you, the winning bidder.

Storage:
If you wish us to hold an item for you beyond the complimentary 30-day grace period, a $5/day storage fee will apply to that lot on a contractual storage basis to be agreed to and entered into at that time. You must sign the necessary paperwork prior to the expiration of your 30-day grace period though.

Returns:
Under no circumstance except for fraud or gross listing error may an item be returned to Weatherham's. In the case that an item is authorized to be returned to Weatherham's, store credit in the amount of that item's sale shall be applied to that bidder's account until Weatherham can make a final determination on the case through third-party appraisal arbitration and/or direct review.

Best of luck and let us know of any questions prior to placing a bid.

Shipping Terms

Shipping:
It can take 2-3 weeks to receive an item won at auction. Once paid, we work very hard to coordinate the logistics of getting the item into your possession but depending on the location of the merchandise relative to your own location this can take longer. It may be helpful for you to check into freight or shipping information for an item prior to placing a bid on it.

Shipping on small items (those items less than 2 feet in the longest dimension and weighing less than 40 lbs) is available. We automatically calculate shipping fees for one items following an auction. You may pay for our quote and we will handle on your behalf or you may arrange your own shipping. You may have this shipping fee removed from your invoice by simply emailing us and arranging your own pickup or delivery.

Larger items (those items larger than 24" or weighing more than 41 pounds) may need to be picked up locally or arrange for local pickup or your own freight using a service like uShip. We can help coordinate logistics but the primary responsibility for claiming your new possession(s) is on you, the winning bidder.

Standard Weatherham's BP & Fees

All Transactions in USD
Buyer's Premium: 15%
Processing Fee: 2.5% (we only accept credit cards, debit cards, EFT/ACH transfers, and PayPal - no cash or checks)
Online Fee: 2.5% (if you bid and win with us online, this fee will automatically be assessed on your winning invoice following the close of the sale)

Standard Weatherham's Condition Disclaim

All sales are final. All items are listed as is and where is. You must reach out to us with questions prior to placing a bid. You assume full responsibility of an item once you bid on it and win it. Local inspection and preview by appointment only. Otherwise, preview online is now open and ready for inspection. Please email us at [email protected] or call 1-833-409-8757 with questions.

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