Scope and Contents
The Schaffer Collection
Russian Imperial Art Treasures
ROCKEFELLER CENTER NEW YORK
An exceptional piece by the celebrated Russian Court jeweler, CARL G. FABERGE, is this large ash tray fashioned of gold.
The shape is most graceful and unusual, being of trefoil design. From each of the three points thus formed, a gold handle extends, each handle being set with a gold coin of Catherine the Great, and dated 1766, 1773, and 1783. Fabergé was very fond of using these old Russian coins in completing his designs and they are here used to perfection. The coins are of green gold and are a fine contrast to the interior of the tray, which is a highly polished red gold.
The exterior is a surprise feature, as it is finely fluted, with typical Fabergé precision and painstaking craftsmanship.
MRS. JOHN L. PRATT
- Creation: undated
- Schaffer Collection (Organization)
Language of Materials
The collection is open for research.
Digitization of the collection has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The digital collection can be accessed through the VMFA Collections Search website.
Conditions Governing Use
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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
200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond VA 23220-4007 United States