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Ink Well, Dec. 4, 1939

 Item — Box: SC-07 Box 1, Folder: 9, Item: SC07.02.3.126
Identifier: SC07.02.3.126
Ink Well
Ink Well

Scope and Contents

Transcription: [double-headed eagle] INK WELL Magnificent inkwell of spinach jade, gold, silver and transparent enamel in the classic Empire style characteristic of many of the finest works of Carl Faberge, Russian court jeweler. The base of Siberian nephrite is smoothly modeled down straight sides and under surface. The collar of champ-leve [sic: champlevé] pearl -white enamel on a guilloche field designed in undulating effect is rimmed in gold motif. Heavy gold swags in in the same feeling depend from this over the top surface of the bowl. The hinged lid is vibrant with champ-leve [sic: champlevé] amethyst and pearl-white enamel in alternating bands, on guilloche fields identically designed with the collar. Within the lid of gold-on-silver appear the hallmarks which include the Russian name of the master creator, Faberge; the Russian initials of his workmaster, F. Afanasaiev, the number “88” denoting the quality of Russian silver; and the wreathed head device of the government assay office. The object is from the famous jade collection of Agathon Faberge, illustrious son of the jeweler, known throughout Europe during the Imperial regime as one of the greatest gem experts of the world. Mrs. John L. Pratt December 4, 1939 FROM THE HAMMER COLLECTION – 682 FIFTH AVENUE – NEW YORK


  • Dec. 4, 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
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