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    Design Study, Early 20th Century
    Materials: gouache, ink and graphite on paper mounted on cardboard.
    Dimensions: 8-1/2 x 6-3/4 inches (20.50 x 17.50 cm)
    Inscribed lower right: X4736/63 /No 2289 Paris / Pamiere
    The original rendering depicts the design for an enameled platinum, gold and silver medallion bearing the Latin inscription, CAPITULUM APPAMIENSE SANCTE ANTONINE ORA PRO NOBIS. Translated (from French) are instructions to have the enamel done in Paris.

    Condition Report*: Notes: Toning, minor foxing, worn card edges, not examined outside of frame. Although the design study bears the Fabergè studios stamp for Moscow, St. Pertersburg and London, it is our opinion that the work done is not Russian. Typically, Fabergè artisans were Russian, Finnish or Swedish. Based upon the refined, high quality draftsmanship displayed in this design study, it is most likely French.
    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".

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2008
    8th-10th Monday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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