This remarkably life-like Fabergé flower study of rowan incorporates purpurine ranging from bright red fresh berries to purple for the blackened berries shrivelling in decay. The leaves, of mottled Siberian nephrite, are delicately carved to show every vein, even on the underside where the stonecutters and polishers have taken pains to replicate the matt surface. It was acquired by Queen Alexandra, who bequeathed it to her daughter Princess Victoria.
This botanical study is the work of Fabergé’s workmaster Henrik Wigström. Crafted from rock crystal, gold, nephrite and purpurine, this rowanberry sprig is similar to one in the British Royal Collection. The choice of purpurine for the berries is very effective. This material was invented in the 17th century and was introduced into Russia by the Imperial Glass Factory. Fabergé resurrected its use and his competitors followed his move.
Bouquet of Flowers Gold, silver, precious and decorative stones, crystal; cut and polished. Bouquet: 11.7x23 cm, vase: 5.5x8.5 cm Pauzie, Jeremie. Russia. St Petersburg. 1740s The State Hermitage Museum: Digital Collection -- Powered by IBM
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Multi-gemstone Carving--"Berries in a Vase"
Fabergé flower study of a single wild rose of pink and white opaque enamel with red gold stamens and brilliant diamond centre, one set of three nephrite leaves on a green gold stalk, set into a rock crystal jar. Probably acquired by Queen Alexandra.
Carved Agate Flower Study--"Tulips" - St. Petersburg, Russia - Two six-petaled tulips are carved from natural yellowish-brown agate, with some petals graduating in color towards the tips. Three carved nephrite leaves accent the 18K yellow gold stem which is removable from the optically clear, rock crystal quartz vase, stamped 750. Height 8in
Pansy | c. 1900 Rock crystal, gold, enamel, nephrite, brilliant diamond
Lilies of the Valley, 1801 - 1947, Fabergé. nephrite, gold, pearls, diamonds, bloodstone, 7.5 x 5.75 x 4 in. (19.05 x 14.61 x 10.16 cm.)