Important Faberge Diamond Gold Enamel Violets in Rock Crystal Vase

Important Faberge Diamond Gold Enamel Violets in Rock Crystal Vase


Conceived as elegant antidotes to the bleak harshness of winters, precious objects in the form of floral sprays have a long history in Russia. As Peter Carl Faberge himself noted in an interview with the Russian magazine Stolitsa, it is sometimes "awkward to give expensive jewels" and flower studies provided an acceptable alternative. Thus, this Faberge vase with violets both harkens a coveted springtime and is romantically subtle.

Retailed by Faberge in 1908, and executed under the guidance of chief master Henrik Wigstrom, the important and museum quality rock crystal vase holds two 18K gold stems with three enameled violet blossoms and numerous leaves. The realistic violet petals are enameled en plain in delicately shaded matt enamels on a gold ground evoking the fine gradations found in nature. Each delicate flower is centered with a diamond accentuating the pricelessness of this astonishing bouquet, and the carved nephrite leaves are aesthetically perfect in color, proportion, and sensitivity.

Faberge inventory number on one stem #11510. Sold in the Faberge London store to Honorable Mrs. Ino Wards, in 1908, a copy of the stock book from archive T. Faberge is included as well as a certificate of authenticity from Dr. V. Scurlov. 2 3/4" high.

Rock Crystal, 18K Gold, Russia, c1908

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