Antique Russian Enamel Tazzas by Feodor Rückert

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Set of four gilded silver and shaded Russian enamel tazzas by Feodor Rückert, Moscow, ca. 1900.

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Antique Montana Sapphire Pansy Brooch

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Montana sapphire and diamond pansy brooch with centrally set brilliant cut diamond in 18k white gold.

English, possibly by Johnson Walker and Tolhurst, ca. 1920.
Diameter: 2 inches

$48,000

In 1895, Dr. George Frederick Kunz, the leading American gemologist of the time, was so impressed by the quality and color of the Montana sapphire, he pronounced them “the finest precious gemstones ever found in the United States.” In 1899, Johnson, Walker and Tolhurst, Ltd. of London purchased the New Mine Sapphire Syndicate for $100,000 (approximately $3.1 million in 2020). At this point, the operation became unofficially known as the “English Mine.” The rough material from the English Mine was shipped to London and sold in Europe. The mine went on to produce some 16 million carats until it ceased operations in 1929.

Antique Russian Enamel Bowls

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Two matching gilded silver and transparent enamel bowls.

Khlebnikov, Russian, ca. 1900.
Diameter: 4 1/4 in.
Height: 2 1/4 in.

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Ink Landscape by Shishkin

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Ivan Shishkin (1832-1898).
Landscape with a Hunter.
Signed lower right in Cyrillic and dated 1867.
Pen on paper.
Image: 13 3/4 in. x 20 3/8 in.
Paper: 14 1/2 in. x 21 1/8 in.
Framed: 23 1/4 in. x 29 3/4 in.

The location is Valaam Island in Lake Ladoga, a popular source of inspiration for Shishkin. Although this work closely relates to an oil painting of the same year in the Russian Museum, Shishkin deemed drawing an art independent from painting. He was an excellent draftsman, and much more involved with drawing than other landscapists. The present work exemplifies his special skill with pen, and typifies his dense style on a large scale, often confused with etching.

Admired as one of Russia’s greatest landscape painters, Shishkin was a founding member of the Wanderers. Born in a provincial town into a merchant family, he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in the early 1850s, followed by the Academy in St. Petersburg, where he later taught. The forests and fields of Russia, its people and peasants, appealed to Shishkin and the Wanderers, and they saw landscape painting as both critical to genre, and as narrative itself.

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Portrait of Russian Czar Nicholas I

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Portrait of Nicholas I (r. 1825 – 1855), after Kruger, painted by Lt. Rosenberg, a military artist. Signed lower right in Cyrillic and dated 1839.

Oil on canvas
34 3/4 in. x 28 in. (41 3/4 in. x 34 in. framed)

Portrait of Russian Empress Alexandra Feodorovna

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Hand-colored photograph of Alexandra Feodorovna in an oval frame with gilt Romanov crown.

Russian, late 19th century.
17 1/4 in. x 14 3/4 in. (24 in. x 21 in. framed)

Fabergé Heart Locket Pendant

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Gold and pink guilloché enamel heart locket pendant, set with a small pearl. Inscribed on the reverse: 2 Nov. 1901 above monogram M.

Fabergé, Moscow, ca. 1900.
Length: 1 in. incl. bail

Provenance:

Albert and Nora McGill

The McGill family were prominent British residents of Moscow in the 19th century. They played a significant role in the founding of Russia’s cotton mill industry and formed close family ties with other British families living in Moscow, such as the Shanks, and the Bowes, as well as the Russian aristocracy. Albert McGill’s cousin, Emma Billet, married Henry ‘Allan’ Talbot Bowe, who was closely connected with Fabergé. Born in South Africa and educated in England, Allan moved to Moscow to work for his cousin at the retailer Magasin Anglais. He worked there until 1886, when he met Carl Fabergé by chance while traveling by train from Russia to Paris. Fabergé recognized Allan’s potential, and together they opened Fabergé’s Moscow branch in 1887. Later, in 1903, the demand for Fabergé in England led him and his brother Arthur to open a London branch, which they operated until 1906 when management transferred to Fabergé’s son, Nicholas, and Henry Charles Bainbridge.

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Fabergé Gold and Ruby Mini Egg Pendant

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Miniature gold Easter egg pendant set with cabochon ruby.

Fabergé, Moscow, ca. 1910.
Length: 3/4 in. incl. bail

Provenance: Albert and Nora McGill

The McGill family were prominent British residents of Moscow in the 19th century. They played a significant role in the founding of Russia’s cotton mill industry and formed close family ties with other British families living in Moscow, such as the Shanks, and the Bowes, as well as the Russian aristocracy. Albert McGill’s cousin, Emma Billet, married Henry ‘Allan’ Talbot Bowe, who was closely connected with Fabergé. Born in South Africa and educated in England, Allan moved to Moscow to work for his cousin at the retailer Magasin Anglais. He worked there until 1886, when he met Carl Fabergé by chance while traveling by train from Russia to Paris. Fabergé recognized Allan’s potential, and together they opened Fabergé’s Moscow branch in 1887. Later, in 1903, the demand for Fabergé in England led him and his brother Arthur to open a London branch, which they operated until 1906 when management transferred to Fabergé’s son, Nicholas, and Henry Charles Bainbridge.

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Fabergé Amethyst Brooches

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Two cushion-cut amethyst brooches, each encircled with rose cut diamonds and a white enamel border, set in silver and gold.

Fabergé, Moscow, ca. 1900.
Diameter: 3/4 inches

Provenance: Albert and Nora McGill

The McGill family were prominent British residents of Moscow in the 19th century. They played a significant role in the founding of Russia’s cotton mill industry and formed close family ties with other British families living in Moscow, such as the Shanks, and the Bowes, as well as the Russian aristocracy. Albert McGill’s cousin, Emma Billet, married Henry ‘Allan’ Talbot Bowe, who was closely connected with Fabergé. Born in South Africa and educated in England, Allan moved to Moscow to work for his cousin at the retailer Magasin Anglais. He worked there until 1886, when he met Carl Fabergé by chance while traveling by train from Russia to Paris. Fabergé recognized Allan’s potential, and together they opened Fabergé’s Moscow branch in 1887. Later, in 1903, the demand for Fabergé in England led him and his brother Arthur to open a London branch, which they operated until 1906 when management transferred to Fabergé’s son, Nicholas, and Henry Charles Bainbridge.

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Miniature Toilet Set Charm

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Antique gilt charm pendant in the form of a miniature pendant toilet set.

Height: ¾ in.

$2,200

This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.

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Frosted Rock Crystal Cufflinks

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Frosted rock crystal double cufflinks set with calibré sapphires and rose cut diamonds.

English, ca. 1915.

$5,800

This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.

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