A private collection of 150 works by Carl Fabergé will be exhibited at Wartski in May 2012 to coincide with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The show will include a miniature gold box in the form of a Doge’s hat in yellow enamelled gold simulating satin, and another wittily representing a coal skuttle.
These will be shown alongside numerous studies of animals including striding elephants, chimpanzees and pouter pigeons carved from coloured hardstones. A vessel in the form of an African drum, a scent flacon in the form of a miniature tube of paint and a compact in the form of an enamelled egg reveal not only Carl Fabergé’s own creativity but the discrimination of the collector, who has spent over thirty-five years assembling this remarkable group of objects.
Amongst the most delicate pieces are rare flower studies as well as examples of jewellery, the most iconic being a platinum gem-set latticework brooch that echoes the design of the Mosaic Egg in the Royal Collection.
‘Fabergé from a Private Collection’, Wartski, 14 Grafton Street, London W1S 4DE, from 15th to 25th May 2012, 11am to 5 pm (closed Sunday). Tel.0207 493 1141, email [email protected]. Admission £10 including catalogue, in aid of Samaritans.
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