Scope and Contents
The Schaffer Collection
Russian Imperial Art Treasures
ROCKEFELLER CENTER NEW YORK
A most unusual flower creation by CARL G. FABERGE, the celebrated Russian Court jeweler, who is often referred to today as the “Cellini of the nineteenth century”.
Beautifully conceived and executed, it represents a spray of lilies-of-the valley [underlined] fashioned of pearls with diamond tips, on a gold stem and with two large leaves of jade. The spray stands in what appears to be a red clay flower [underlined] pot filled with moss, but the pot actually is of silver and enameled in a matte brick red, the color of the natural clay, while the moss is of gold, so artfully employed that one can scarcely believe that it is not actually moss.
So ingeniously is the entire object executed that it gives a most lifelike and naturalistic effect. One feels that the flower is planted in the pot, and only upon closer examination does one realize that the whole is created from such precious materials as gold, silver, pearls, diamonds and jade.
MRS. JOHN L. PRATT
- Schaffer Collection (Organization)
Language of Materials
The collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Lillian Thomas Pratt.
Schaffer Collection, Russian Imperial Art Treasures, Rockefeller Center
Digitization of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Archives has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository
Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
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