Fabergé Silver Candelabra
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Pair of Rococo bowenite and silver two-light candelabra.
By Fabergé, workmaster J. Rappoport, ca. 1900.
Height: 8 1/2 inches
Category: Fabergé , Our Gallery , Silver
Tags: Faberge Russian Antique silver
Russian Pan Slavic Silver Bogatyr Beaker
Fabergé Silver-mounted Kuznetsov Vase
Kuznetsov pottery vase set in a silver mount by Fabergé, workmaster A. Nevaleinen.
St. Petersburg, Russia, ca. 1900.
Height: 3 ½ in.
This vase speaks beautifully to Fabergé’s interest in mounting compelling porcelain and glass objects from other sources. This included decorative objects made locally in Russia, like Kuznetsov, and abroad, such as Royal Doulton Burslem, Tiffany, and Gallé.
Kuznetsov founded his Moscow ceramics factory in 1810. The firm received the title “Purveyor to the Imperial Court” in 1902 and by the end of the Romanov era, had become the largest of its kind in Russia.
Fabergé Aventurine and Silver Candlesticks
Pair of aventurine and silver dolphin-form candlesticks.
By Fabergé, workmaster A. Nevaleinen.
St. Petersburg, Russia, ca. 1890.
Height: 5 ½ in.
Antique Gold, Silver and Enamel Skull Stickpin
Whimsical gold stick pin with silver skull wearing a gold and blue enamel pointed hat.
French, mid nineteenth century
Head: 1 1/8 x 5/8 inches
Fabergé Rhodonite Tray
Silver-mounted oval rhodonite tray. With its original case.
By Fabergé, St. Petersburg, ca. 1910.
Length: 14 inches
Trompe l’oeil Silver
Trompe l’oeil, meaning ‘fool the eye,’ is a term traditionally applied to paintings exhibiting such photographic detail as to make the viewer believe they are actually seeing the object(s) depicted. When used to describe these late nineteenth-century works of Russian silver, the term refers to the way these pieces simulate birch bark wood. Objects decorated to look like wood were quite popular in Russia in the second half of the nineteenth-century, as craftsmen sought to mimic the “bast” shoes made of woven birch bark worn by the peasants.
Romanticizing the peasantry is a frequently occurring theme in the arts, particularly the nineteenth-century. This especially rang true in Russia following Alexander II’s emancipation of the serfs in 1861. Suddenly there was tremendous interest in the music, arts and crafts, and daily life of the serfs.
A yearning for a Russian art unmarred by Western influence contributed to what became the Russian Revival in the 1870s and 1880s. In addition to studies of serf life, there was also an interest in exploring earlier Russian artistic traditions, providing craftsmen a rich body of sources for creating beautiful, distinctly Russian works of art.
Trompe l’oeil was an international trend, being also in fashion in America during this period and produced by notable firms like Gorham and Tiffany. However, this 1871 birch box and 1882 milk jug, coupled with a number of other exceptional pieces, leave no one fooled as to the mastery of this genre.
Fabergé Large Silver and Blue-Purple Enamel Frame
Large silver and blue-purple guilloché enamel rectangular frame.
By Fabergé, workmaster H. Armfelt
St. Petersburg, ca. 1900
10 x 8 inches
Fabergé Silver-mounted Holly and Amboyna Wood Frame
Silver-mounted holly and amboyna wood frame.
The use of two contrasting color woods set off by a gilded bow and garland creates a dramatic presentation.
By Fabergé, St. Petersburg, ca. 1900
10-1/4 x 8-1/2 inches
Natural Pearl and Diamond Cluster Ring
Victorian natural pearl and old mine diamond cluster ring, set in silver and gold. Each diamond is approx. 0.80 carats. Warm silver overtone natural pearl is approx. 13mm with high dome.
English, ca. 1870.
Cluster diameter: 3/4 inch
This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.
Antique Diamond, Ruby, Emerald Floral Spray Brooch
Diamond, ruby, and emerald spray brooch set en tremblant in silver and gold with approximately 4 carats of emeralds, 3 carats of rubies and 4.75 carats of old-mine-cut diamonds.
French, ca. 1825.
Length: 3-1/4 inches
Victorian Diamond and Ruby Snake Bracelet
Coiled snake bracelet with gold scaled body, with an old-mine diamond and ruby head and tail set in silver.
English, ca. 1880