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VD-5399/16, Feb. 4, 1939

 Item — Box: SC-07 Box 1, Folder: 9, Item: SC07.02.3.086
Identifier: SC07.02.3.086

Scope and Contents

Transcription: [double-headed eagle] Article No.VD-5399/16 Pair of lovebirds carved in amethyst, huddled together on an ivory perch ornamented with transparent carnelian enamel on a ground of guilloché gold and dainty rings of platinum, diamond set. Deep cabochon topaz are set in the ends of the perch bar; two fine gold chains, linked to a foot of each bird, are attached to the pedestal base. The delicately wrought fantasy rests on an inverted circular base, fashioned of dark green Siberian jade mounted with a simple gold border. Four ball feet of gold complete the stand. Created by Carl Fabergé, eminent Russian court jeweler, this exquisite object is hallmarked with his name; the initials of one of his leading artists, Henrik Wigstroem; and the numeral “72” denoting the Russian standard of 18kt. gold. From the collection of the Tsarina Aleksandra Feodorovna in the Aleksandr Palace, Tsarskoye Selo. FROM THE HAMMER COLLECTION – 682 FIFTH AVENUE – NEW YORK


  • Creation: Feb. 4, 1939


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Biographical / Historical



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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lillian Thomas Pratt.

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Hammer Collection, Hammer Galleries, Fifth Avenue

Digitization of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Archives has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository

Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
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