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RH-5413/4, Feb. 24, 1939

 Item — Box: SC-07 Box 1, Folder: 9, Item: SC07.02.3.096
Identifier: SC07.02.3.096

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Transcription: [double-headed eagle] Article No. RH-5413/4 Jeweled opium poppy, represented growing in a tub, designed by Carl Fabergé, Imperial Russia’s greatest creator in gems. Rising on sturdily modeled stalk of gold with blossom head full blown, it is delicately carved in amethyst. A large cabochon Siberian amethyst, set in gold and red platinum, forms the heart of the blossom. Surrounding this is a cluster of fine gold stamens pointed with diamonds. The leaves are of extraordinary artistry. Carved in Siberian nephrite, they follow the natural feeling of the growing plant. The tub container is fashioned in brown-toned, striped agate. Within this is soil of gold, and two gold hoops encircle the exterior. Simulated rivets are diamond set. The stem is fully hallmarked with the complete name “Fabergé”; the initials of one of his ablest workmasters, Henrik Wigstroem; and the numeral “72” denoting the Russian equivalent of 18kt. gold. From the collection of a member of the Russian Imperial Family. Mrs. John L. Pratt February 24, 1939 FROM THE HAMMER COLLECTION – 682 FIFTH AVENUE – NEW YORK


  • Creation: Feb. 24, 1939


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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
200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond VA 23220-4007 United States