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RH5413-2, Jan. 9, 1940

 Item — Box: SC-07 Box 1, Folder: 10, Item: SC07.02.3.140
Identifier: SC07.02.3.140

Scope and Contents

Transcription: [double-headed eagle] PRIMROSE Graceful flowering primrose branch rising from a rectangular vase carved in rock crystal. The container is designed in such a manner that it has the appearance of being filled with water. Full blown flowers are in carnelian-toned agate, stamen clusters of gold surrounding brilliant centers set with diamonds. The leaves, carved with rare finesse are in Siberian nephrite, and stems are made of 18 kt. gold. Karl Faberge, Imperial Russia’s greatest court jeweler, designed the extraordinary fantasy. It is fully hallmarked with his name in Russian; with the initials of one of his ablest workmasters, Henrik Wigstroem; and the numeral “72” denoting the Russian equivalent of 18 kt. gold. From the collection of a member of the Russian Imperial Family. RH5413-2 Mrs. John L. Pratt January 9, 1940 FROM THE HAMMER COLLECTION – 682 FIFTH AVENUE – NEW YORK


  • Jan. 9, 1940


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