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    Design Study, Early 20th Century
    Materials: gouache, ink and graphite with gilt highlights on paper
    Dimensions: 6 x 5 inches (15 x 12 cm) and 6 x 3 inches (15 x 7.50 cm) windows
    Initialed lower right of image: P O
    Both having finely detailed animal themes; the upper featuring one yellow and one black hunting dog; and the lower, a rodent.


    Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000.

    Condition Report*: Notes: Foxing, minor handling smudges on upper image, overall good condition, not examined outside of frame. House of Fabergé, Moscow stamp located in lower left of each. Although this stamp is present, in our opinion, these very finely detailed design studies are most likely French, and unrelated to the House of Fabergè. The themes depicted are typically not found in Russian art and design.
    Fabergé: Carl Faberge grew up working for his father’s jewelry business in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1872, Faberge took control of the company. A master goldsmith, Faberge drew inspiration from the fabulous collections housed at the Hermitage museum. He was appointed jeweler to the Imperial Court, where he achieved his greatest fame, fabricating 50 jeweled Imperial Easter eggs between 1885 and 1916. His patrons included worldwide royalty and the social elite of the era. His jewelry designs and sculptures captivated the world. Faberge fled Russia in 1917 following the October Revolution. He died in Switzerland in 1920, leaving behind a legacy for unparalleled technical mastery of metalwork. Faberge’s company continues to create lavishly detailed jewelry and art objects utilizing the techniques and tools reminiscent of the originals from St. Petersburg.

    *Heritage Auctions strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Heritage regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Heritage. All lots offered are sold "AS IS".

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2008
    8th-10th Monday-Wednesday
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