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THE WINTER EGG A HIGHLY IMPORTANT FABERGÉ IMPERIAL EASTER EGG WITH ORIGINAL SURPRISE GIVEN BY TSAR NICHOLAS II TO HIS MOTHER, THE DOWAGER EMPRESS MARIA FEODOROVNA AT EASTER 1913 workmaster Albert Holmström, St. Petersburg, designed by Alma Theresia Pihl, the surprise engraved FABERGÉ 1913 On a rock-crystal base formed as a block of melting ice, applied with platinum-mounted rose-diamond rivulets, the hinged rock-crystal detachable egg held vertically above by a pin and with rose-diamond set platinum borders, graduated around the hinge and enclosing at the top a cabochon moonstone painted on the reverse with the date 1913, the thinly carved transparent body of the egg finely engraved on the interior to simulate ice crystals, the outside further engraved and applied with similar rose-diamond set platinum motif, opening vertically to reveal the surprise - a platinum double-handled trelliswork basket, set with rose-diamonds and full of wood anemones, suspended from a platinum hook, each flower realistically carved from a single piece of white quartz with gold wire stem and stamens, the centre set with a demantoid garnet, some carved half open or in bud, the leaves delicately carved in nephrite, emerging from a bed of gold moss, the base of the basket engraved FABERGÉ 1913 - overall height 14.2 cm; height of the egg 10.2 cm; height of surprise 8.2 cm (3)
A magnificent and highly important diamond-set Badge of the Order of St. Andrew, unsigned, circa 1800, With central finely-enamelled figure of the Saint on Cross, with diamond borders and letters SAPR, supported on a crowned double-headed eagle formed entirely of diamonds except for ruby eyes and gold beaks and claws, the gold reverse delicately engraved to simulate plumage and carrying a later-applied gold plaquette engraved [-insert Russian text-] The Empress Maria Fedorovna agreed to wear this Badge, November 26th 1890, with pivoting Imperial Crown suspension also set with diamonds and fitted with gold riband-carrier and two retaining hooks for wear from either a Sash or Collar, slight wear to the enamel on the Saint's left arm, in excellent condition overall 130.5mm by 87.8mm, weight 161.75g, including approximately 45 carats of diamonds
A complete set of insignia of the Order of St. Andrew, Eduard of St. Petersburg, 1908-1917, Comprising: Collar, in gold and enamels, formed of seventeen linked medallions representing alternating Romanov eagles, St. Andrew Crosses and Peter I cyphers on crowned Trophies of Arms, in excellent condition, virtually as issued; Collar or Sash Badge, in gold and enamels, enamel with a hairline at the figure of the Saint and with a very minor chip to reverse, good extremely fine condition; Breast Star, in silver and enamels, with gilt reverse, virtually as issued; the set in its original fitted case by Petrov also containing Sash, and offered with an additional Sash in very pale blue Collar: 94mm (including crown suspension) by 60.5mm; Breast Star: 90 by 91mm
A MILANESE REPOUSSE-METAL AND ORMOLU-MOUNTED WALNUT, BURR-WALNUT, OLIVEWOOD, FRUITWOOD AND MARQUETRY LIBRARY DESK By Giuseppe Maggiolini, circa 1784 Inlaid overall with floral marquetry arabesques, the rectangular top inlaid with a central segment-veneered roundel within a ribbon-scrolled border and within a quarter-veneered outer border of fruitwood, cedar and foliate trails centred by rosette patera, flanked to each side by cut-cornered panels surmounted by a removable cartonnier, the cartonniers each with spring-loaded ratchetted reading-slope inlaid with a central medallion within a foliate stiff-leaf border and flanked to each side by similarly-inlaid spring-loaded compartments, the frieze inlaid with trailing vines centred by scallop-shells and above two open shelves with panelled ends inlaid with further foliate arabesques and with domed patera carrying-handles, the base with oak-leaf wrapped moulded cornice supported by husk-trailed scrolled volutes, above a panelled frieze inlaid with alternating foliate arabesques, fasces and crowns and enclosing three drawers to each side, each with two short and one long sliding secret drawer within, the twelve further panelled drawers each with two secret drawers to the inside, divided by guilloche-inlaid tapering pilaster strips and flanking a kneehole to one side and a panelled door to the other, the panelled door inlaid with a central oval beaded Medusa-head shield garlanded with laurel and foliate arabesques and supported by Mercury's serpent-wrapped caduceus, enclosing a plain interior originally fitted with a shelf, the panelled ends inlaid with a terrestrial and celestial orb suspended by scrolled oak, laurel and acanthus, centred to one end by Janus with mother-of-pearl inlaid collar against a serpent-entwind spear and mirror, emblematic of Prudence and to the other a crowned sword emblematic of Justice and Good Government, with eye-centered hilt supporting a trophy of fasces, an urn and weighing-scales, the pilasters terminating in scalloped square blocks with patera handles, on turned tapering fluted legs wrapped with upspringing laurel 110in. (279.5cm.) wide; 48in. (122cm.) high; 46½in. (118cm.) deep
A MAGNIFICENT IMPERIAL LARGE WHITE JADE MARRIAGE BOWL QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795) Of exceptional large size, the centre of the interior well carved in shallow relief to depict a graceful medallion of wannianqing, nandina, chrysanthemum, bamboo and aster, the exterior crisply delineated by two grooved bands, one below the flat rim and the other tapering to the edge of the slightly convex base raised on six ruyi-head feet, the pair of loop-handles modelled as dragons with their foliate wings outspread and the curled brows protruding backward to the the mouth rim of the bowl, each loop suspending a loose ring, the well-polished semi-translucent stone of an even milky-white tone 12 1/2 in. (31.7 cm.) across the handles, box
AN EXTREMELY RARE LARGE RHINOCEROS HORN ARCHAISTIC GUANG VESSEL BY YOU YILIANG 17TH CENTURY, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE THE PREMIUM LOT PRE-REGISTRATION 3 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE SALE. BIDnow ONLINE BIDDING SERVICE IS NOT AVAILABLE. masterfully carved in the form of an archaistic bronze guang vessel with a body of flaring rectangular section set with a channelled spout opposite a 'D'-shaped handle, the body finely carved in low relief with a wide register of taotie masks on a leiwen ground, supported on a tall foot of square section similarly decorated, the austere form interrupted by five playful chilong carved in reticulated high relief, nimbly clambering on the rim, handle and beneath the spout, the base with a four-character mark of the carver You Yiliang (You Yiliang zuo, 'Made by You Yiliang'), the horn of rich amber patina, wood stand Width 18.5 cm., 7 1/4 in.
A RARE AND EXCEPTIONALLY CARVED RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP, BY XING CHENG MING DYNASTY, DATED TO 1639, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE THE PREMIUM LOT PRE-REGISTRATION 3 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE SALE. BIDnow ONLINE BIDDING SERVICE IS NOT AVAILABLE. the gently flaring sides intricately carved in various levels of relief around the exterior, depicting on one side with two figures in a boat navigating down a swift river, a thatched fence and a brick wall on either side of the riverbank, and lofty trees, the reverse with two further figures upstream passing thatched huts and jagged cliffs, along one promontory a scholar and his attendant view the riverscape, inscribed to one side with Jimao xiari Moling Xing Cheng zhi ('Made by Xing Cheng of Moling on a summer day in the jimao year' corresponding to 1639), the interior carved with a reticulated high-relief pine tree growing from the side, the horn of rich chestnut tone Width 17.5 cm., 6 7/8 in.
A PAIR OF EARLY GEORGE II GILTWOOD SIDE TABLES Designed by Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and William Kent The carving attributed to John Boson and Giovanni Battista Guelfi Each with rectangular 'mosaic pavement' specimen marble top inlaid with a central octagon compartment of a porphyry cross in verde antico spandrels and bardiglio marble frame within a starburst, the geometrically-patterned field inlaid with octagons, crosses and lozenges in green serpentine, alabaster, Egyptian porphyry, verde antico, Spanish brocatelle, bianco e nero, siena, brêche d'alep, alabastro fiorito, brêche violette, jasper and grey bardiglio marble within a Greek ribbon-fret border, the frame with a moulded cornice centred by a water-god mask festooned with oak garlands issuing from the winged, scrolled, voluted water-nymphs, the acanthus-wrapped voluted plinth centred by a scallop-shell cartouche supporting a youth, the sides festooned with further acorn garlands above a scallop-shell cartouche, on acanthus-trailed scrolled voluted feet, minor strengthening braces to the reverse, each with printed label GALLERY, the original gilding with a contemporary oil varnish, a further coat of varnish and a later layer of 19th Century gilding (see below) 25¾in. (144.5cm.) wide; 33¼in. (84.5cm.) high; 26½in. (67.5cm.) deep (2)
THE "APPLE BLOSSOM" EASTER EGG: A HIGHLY IMPORTANT JEWELLED, ENAMEL, FOUR COLOUR GOLD-MOUNTED NEPHRITE EASTER EGG by Fabergé, workmaster Michael Perchin, engraved in Cyrillic and dated on the hinge K. FABERGE 1901 (last numeral partially altered), St. Petersburg, circa 1901 The nephrite hinged egg set within two-colour gold chased and cast spreading and interlacing twigs with knots, veins and patches of moss, bearing gold leaves and pink foiled rose cut diamonds within silver mounted plain white enamel petals imitating blossoms and buds, emanating from four feet modeled as slender branches, in original velvet fitted case stamped Fabergé with the Imperial Warrant, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Odessa 14 cm long; 11.5 cm high
A VERY RARE 'GRAPE VINE' RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP, SIGNED ZI ZHEN 17TH CENTURY, THIS IS A PREMIUM LOT. CLIENTS WHO WISH TO BID ON PREMIUM LOTS ARE REQUESTED TO COMPLETE THE PREMIUM LOT PRE-REGISTRATION 3 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE SALE. BIDnow ONLINE BIDDING SERVICE IS NOT AVAILABLE. the broad shallow cup formed by a furled grape leaf, finely carved on the exterior in high relief with plump grapes growing from vines and curling tendrils extending down from the sides, the handle formed by gnarled twisted vines, all resting on a bed of grapes forming the foot, the interior incised with the fine veins of the leaf, signed on the exterior in low relief Zi Zhen, the horn of rich auburn tone Width 19 cm., 7 1/2 in.
A FIGURAL LANDSCAPE RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP QING DYNASTY, 17TH / 18TH CENTURY, The tall horn carved on the exterior with a continuous landscape with three figures in front of a walled compound along the banks of a turbulent body of water looking at a dragon on the opposite side, the opposite bank with trees and small huts all partially concealed by wispy clouds, one end of the horn set with a openwork handle formed by the trunk of a pine tree and the body of a climbing dragon twisting his way through the cliffs and clouds and breaking through to the interior of the cup, the horn of auburn tone Width 15 cm., 6 in.
A LARGE RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP WITH CRANES 17TH CENTURY, Finely carved on the exterior with tall crane standing beneath a lofty pine along the banks of a turbulent sea with waves crashing over rocks, the reverse with a second crane swooping down over the water before jagged cliffs, the openwork handle formed by the trunks of a pine tree and peach tree, the branches all intertwined with hanging vines extending over the mouth and on to the interior, with further lingzhi and orchids springing out from the sides of the cliffs, all set between wispy clouds around the mouth and swirling waves on the base, the horn of chocolate-brown tone and a smooth patina Width 20.1 cm., 7 7/8 in.
A 'LOTUS LEAF AND CHILONG' RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP 17TH CENTURY, The dark amber-coloured horn carved in the form of a finely veined furled lotus leaf with one large dragon and five smaller chilong clambering around the vessel on the interior and exterior, the playful dragons all carved in high relief and openwork depicted in various contorted positions, the largest dragon forming the handle beneath a smaller lotus pad on the rim while two peer over the rim at a smaller dragon on the interior, the exterior further set with a small snail slithering down the side, all supported on a band of waves crashing against the foot, the surface with a smooth patina Width 19 cm., 7 1/2 in.
A 'LOTUS LEAF AND DRAGONS' RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP 17TH CENTURY, The amber and black-toned broad shallow cup carved in the form of a furled lotus leaf with fine veins, resting on a short curled stem, further carved with five playful high-relief chilong clambering along the interior and exterior, two of the dragons forming the openwork handle on one side, the head of one peeking over the rim coming face to face with a smaller dragon on the interior, inscribed on the interior with Boya Shiling jingke ('Shiling respectfully presents "Boya" [this cup] to his guests'), the patina smoothly polished Width 19.3 cm., 7 5/8 in.
A HIGHLY IMPORTANT JEWELLED TWO-COLOR GOLD AND NEPHRITE IMPERIAL PRESENTATION SNUFF-BOX marked Fabergé and with the workmaster's mark of Henrik Wigström, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917, with scratched inventory number 4909 or 4902 Of rectangular form, the hinged cover set with a rose-cut diamond openwork interlaced geometric trellis within a rose-cut diamond rim, enclosing a portrait miniature of Tsar Nicholas II in the uniform of the 4th Imperial Family Rifle Guards regiment wearing the Order of St. George signed and dated by Zuiev 1916, surmounted by a diamond and rose-cut diamond Imperial crown, within a laurel-leaf rose-cut diamond wreath, with two-color gold laurel-leaf rim, fully marked, in an original wooden fitted case stamped 'Fabergé, Petrograd, Moscow, London' with Imperial warrant 2½x3 11/16in.(6.4x9.5cm.)
A Fabergé jewelled vari-coloured gold and guilloché enamel carnet, Workmaster Michael Perchin, St. Petersburg, 1899-1903, Shaped as a book, finely enamelled in translucent salmon pink painted en camaïeu with foliage over sunburst engine-turning radiating from a circular-cut diamond, within translucent green tied laurel border, with similar roundels bordered by rose-diamonds at the corners and four-coloured roses and foliage on matted ground in-between, the back and spine similarly decorated, containing a white moiré silk carnet and a gold reeded pencil with diamond finial, with workmaster's initials, 56 standard, held in original fitted case 10.4 by 7.2cm, 4 1/8 by 2¾in.
A UNIQUE AND LARGE SILVER, SILVER-GILT AND ENAMEL PRESENTATION MODEL OF A PADDLE STEAMER PRESENTED TO THE TSAREVICH ALEKSEI IN 1913 FOR THE TERCENTENARY OF THE ROMANOV DYNASTY marked Fabergé and with the workmaster's mark of Henrik Wigström, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917 Comprised of two tiers of cabins with colored glass window panels, the upper deck complete with silver tables, stools and maritime equipment such as lifeboats and life preservers, the arched blue enamel panel above the wheel with the Imperial double-headed eagle, the date '1913' and inscribed in Cyrillic, 'To the Heir, the Tsarevich Aleksei Nicolaevich from the Volga Shipbuilders', with an oxydized silver chimney and a secret compartment in the lower part of the vessel, mounted on a later silver-gilt base, fully marked 28½in. (72.5cm.) long
MAX ERNST (1891-1976) Paysage en ferraille... signed and titled center left max ernst paysage en ferraille erreur de ceux qui préfèrent la navigation sur l'herbe à un buste de femme--gouache, pen and black ink and pencil on printed paper laid down on canvas 30 5/8 x 26¾ in. (77.8 x 67.9 cm.) Painted in 1921
A RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP WITH HAWKS QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY, The maroon coloured conical horn carved as a pine tree trunk with two high-relief birds on the back of the horn, one hawk standing on a pine branch, the second bird depicted in flight with wings outstretched and feet drawn towards the body set at the rim, the gnarled pine branches wrapped around the trunk and extending over the rim onto the interior, the surface further lightly carved with patches of pine bark Width 16 cm., 6 1/4 in.
A 'PINE AND MAPLE' RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD, The conical horn of auburn tone and a smooth patina, carved with a handle to one side formed by the reticulated trunks of a pine tree and a dead tree trunk wrapped with hanging vines, their branches extending around the side of the vessel, set opposite a small waterfall and an arched bridge between two cliffs, the sides further carved with lush maple trees growing on the banks, the interior left plain, the foot inscribed in relief in xingshu (running script) with a six-character poem zai hu shan shui zhi jian ('It is all between the mountains and steams') Width 14 cm., 5 1/2 in.
A 'LOTUS LEAF' RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP 17TH CENTURY, The well-polished horn of chestnut tone, carved in low relief around the exterior of the shallow wide-mouth cup with the fine veins of a furled lotus leaf, enveloped by two thin reeds, the openwork handle on one side with three intertwining stalks tied together by the tips of the reeds and extending to the base, resting on two small lotus bud feet, the interior left plain save for the subtle wavy contours imitating a leaf's natural shape, wooden stand Width 15 cm., 5 7/8 in.
A RETICULATED STEM 'LOTUS LEAF' RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP 17TH CENTURY, The highly polished amber and black coloured conically shaped horn carved in the form of a furled lotus leaf forming the cup, with subtle veining on both the interior and exterior, wrapped on the exterior with high-relief lotus flowers, with further lotus leaves and reeds all issuing from long thin intertwining reticulated stalks tapering to a point, the base detailed with the small holes of cut stalks, the rim of the interior set with a water weed and a small floret to one end, wooden stand Height 17 cm., 6 3/4 in.
A Badge of the Order of St. Catherine, Second Class or Lesser Cross, Albert Keibel, St. Petersburg, pre-1896, In gold, diamonds and enamels, in excellent condition, with original riband bow for wearing and in fitted case of issue; together with original Warrant of Appointment to Lady Augusta Monson dated 24 August / 6 September 1902, and related correspondence 95.8mm (including riband carrier) by 55.4mm
Paul Sandby, R.A. (1730-1809) Gentlemen conversing on a Drive at Luton, with horses grazing beneath Great Beeches, with the old house beyond numbered '17' (on the reverse) pencil and bodycolour, within a black-lined border on the artist's original mount, unframed 24½ x 37 5/8in.
A FIGURAL RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP QING DYNASTY, 17TH / 18TH CENTURY, The amber and black toned horn carved with the scene of King Wen of Zhou inviting the retired scholar Jiang Ziya to return to official duties, the scholar seen opposite the handle seated beneath a willow tree fishing on the banks of the a river with the king standing next to him, behind a rock an attendant stands holding a large fan, on the opposite side a canopy and fan float above the clouds, the handle formed by openwork paulownia and pine trees intertwined with a large rocky outcrop, the pine tree extending over the lip and on to the interior Width 15.2 cm., 6 in.
A SMALL FIGURAL RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY, The honey-toned round cup carved on the exterior with three boys navigating along the edge of a rocky cliff, one of the boys depicted grasping the openwork trunk of a flowering tree with one hand while finding his footing along the narrow ridge and holding a leaf with his free hand, on the other side two boys brace each other on the edge of a rocky path, further along peonies spring from the rocks, the interior lightly carved with the jagged edges of the cliff Width 11.5 cm., 4 1/2 in.
A REGENCE ORMOLU-MOUNTED AND BRASS-INLAID BROWN TORTOISESHELL BUREAU PLAT By Noel Gerard The brass-bound moulded rounded rectangular green leather-lined top with husk-trailed scallop-shell angle-clasps, the waved frieze inlaid overall with trailing foliate arabesques, the shaped central kneehole incorporating a walnut-lined drawer with C-scroll cartouche-shaped escutcheon and flowers issuing eagle and satyr-mask fluted handles, flanked by upspringing acanthus scrolls and lambrequin C-scrolls, the two outer drawers with similar inlay, flanked by lion-mask headed cabriole legs with interlaced entrelac and rosette C-scrolls and husk- trailed acanthus, the waved panelled ends inlaid with further foliate arabesques and centred by Hercules' mask draped with the Nemean lions pelt and oak leaves, on canted tapering legs and ormolu sabots in the form of tied lion monopodium, inscribed in pencil: 'J. Wolton Cardiff Castle Restored this May 1885', presumably when the mounts were re-gilt and the top was strenthened to the underside, stamped three times 'NG', inscribed three times in pencil 'Fond D'éecaille' 67in. (170cm.) wide; 32½in. (82.5cm.) high; 32½in. (82.5cm.) deep
A PLAIN RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP 17TH CENTURY, The rich honey-tone horn with a flaring rim tapering to a black oval foot, the natural nodules along the lip of the horn and groove to one side left uncarved, the interior left plain with a broad rim, the surface with a rich golden brown smooth patina Width 17 cm., 6 3/4 in.
A JEWELLED SILVER MODEL OF A MOTORCAR DESIGNED AS A DESK ORNAMENT marked Fabergé and with the workmaster's mark of Henrik Wigström, St. Petersburg, 1896-1908, with scratched inventory number 14381 Realistically and technically modelled with rock-crystal headlights, cabochon rubies, emerald position lights and cut-glass windows, mounted as a desk ornament with the steering wheel acting as an electrical bell-push, the radiator as an inkwell, the driver's seat as a stamp box, the passenger's compartment designed to hold pens and the trunk shaped as a drawer, fully marked, in an original fitted case with a glass front window, the cover stamped 'Fabergé, Petrograd, Moscow, London' 10 1/8in. (26cm.) long
A BRONZE GROUP OF VENUS AND ADONIS ATTRIBUTED TO GIANFRANCESCO SUSINI, EARLY 17th CENTURY On a spreading rectangular ebonised wooden base. Medium brown patina; the lower half of Adonis's spear lacking; very minor damages to spear blade. 15in. (38.1cm.) high
A RARE 'PINE AND RABBIT' RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP 17TH CENTURY, Carved in high relief and openwork with two gnarled pine trees with branches wrapped around the sides, set with a rabbit crouched beneath a full moon and wispy clouds overhead, the interior mouth carved with branches overhanging the lip, the horn of rich chestnut patina Width 15.5 cm., 6 1/8 in.
A 'PINE' RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY, The well-polished horn of auburn tone, carved as a wide shallow cup tapering to a small flat foot, carved on the exterior to one side with a reticulated gnarled pine tree handle with branches wrapping the sides of the entire cup, and with one branch extending over the rim onto the interior, the surface further textured with shallow oval patches representing tree bark, wooden stand Width 16.5 cm., 6 1/2 in.
Circle of Hans Holbein II (1497-1543) Portrait of Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VI (1537-1553), as a child, half-length, in a crimson velvet doublet embroidered with lines of gold braid and with gold brocade sleeves, a crimson velvet hat tied under his chin, with jewelled ornaments and a white ostrich feather, holding a gold rattle inscribed 'PARVVLE PATRISSA, PATRIAE VIRTVTIS ET HAERES ESTO, NIHIL MAIVS MAXIMUS ORBIS HABET. GNATUM VIX POSSVNT COELVM ET NATVRA DEDISSE, HVIVS QUEM PATRIS, VICTUS HONORET HONOS. AEQUATO TANTVM, TANTI TV FACTA PARENTIS, VOTA HOMINVM, VIX QVO PROGREDIANTVR, H(A)BENT VINCITO, VICISTI, QVOT REGES PRISCVS ADORAT ORBIS, NEC TE QVI VINCERE POSSIT, ERIT. Ricard. Mory. Car' oil on panel 23¼ x 17½in. (59 x 44.5cm.)
A set of four George II silver-gilt figural candlesticks maker's mark of Paul de Lamerie, London, 1746 Each on shaped-triangular base cast and chased with scrolls, trailing vines and bunches of grapes, the stems each formed as a demi-bacchanalian figure, his arms held aloft and holding a bunch of grapes and supporting a vase-shaped socket, each with detachable circular nozzle, the bases and nozzles each engraved with a crest beneath an Earl's coronet, marked on bases and nozzles, two maker's marks to the bases indistinct, each numbered and with scratch weights - I-48=11, II-50=4, III-47=7, IV-49 12in. (30.5cm.) high 195ozs. (6,091grs.) The crest is that of Crichton for William, 5th Earl of Dumfries, K.T. (d.1768). (4)
A George II enamel and gold Royal Presentation snuff-box by George Michael Moser, two enamel panels signed, circa 1760, containing an enamel miniature of George, Prince of Wales, later King George III Rectangular, the cover, sides and base inset with enamel panels depicting, on the lid, Alexander the Great swearing before Jupiter's statue at the wall of Rome before his campaign against Darius, King of Persia, on the base Alexander in the reception of Sisgambis, the mother of the defeated Darius, on the front side panel 'Peace' symbolised by Minerva reclining by a Roman shield and holding Victory's statue in glory beside Rome's ancient buildings, the rear panel with 'Abundance' represented by Fortune at rest beside her temple, holding a rudder, and leaning on a wheel, the left-hand side panel with 'Triumph of the Arts and Sciences' with laurel-bearing Minerva reclining beside emblems of the arts and sciences and holding a torch to a trophy emblematic of War, the other side with 'Liberty' represented by a female displaying a 'Phrygian cap' and supported by books inscribed Law, Religion, Commerce, while a ship sails from a harbour, the gold panels decorated with repoussé reeded scrolls and foliage on a matted ground, the rims chased with guilloche ornament, the interior of the lid inset with a gold panel containing an oval enamel portrait miniature of George, Prince of Wales, later King George III (1738-1820) wearing state robes and the insignia of the Garter. The box 3 1/8in. (80mm.) wide The miniature 1 7/8in. (48mm.) high
A RETICULATED OVAL JADE PLAQUE SONG DYNASTY, Carved in openwork with a seated female figure wearing a crown and dressed in voluminous robes beneath a pine tree, receiving tributes symbolising longevity from two standing attendants, surrounded by lingzhi fungi and flanked by a pair of cranes, all against a background of craggy and pitted rocks, the translucent stone of a pale yellow tone with russets and natural inclusions, mounted within a wood frame of conforming shape 9.5 cm., 3 3/4 in.
A HIGHLY IMPORTANT JEWELLED SILVER DESK-SET marked Fabergé with Imperial warrant, Moscow, 1896-1908 and 1908-1917, the inkwell with scratched inventory number 25323 The inkwell on a rectangular shaped base with old Russian style scrolls, depicting three boyars discussing amongst themselves, holding files in their hands and listening to Prince Shuiski sitting on a throne, with one inkstand on each side, the larger one with cut-glass body surmounted by silver-hinged cover realistically immitating a pile of paper standing in front of Prince Shuiski, further engraved, designed and hammered with Pan-Slavic motifs and set with a cabochon semi-precious stone; the pen tray depicting the distraught Boris Godunov; the handseal depicting Prince Feodor; the two silver-mounted electric lamps with pate de verre bulbs depicting at the base Russian people and soldiers waiting behind closed doors; the heavy silver knife with the handle depicting a gathering of Russian people within Pan-Slavic motifs length of the inkwell: 16½in. (41.2cm.); height of the lamps: 11in. (28cm.) high 16kg 687gr. (535oz.)
Paul Sandby, R.A. (1730-1809) A Horse-drawn Carriage, a Gentleman on a Horse and a Sportsman with his Dogs, near an ivy-covered lodge at Luton faintly inscribed with the artist's colour notes, and numbered '4' (on the reverse of the mount) pencil and watercolour with touches of white heightening, watermark fleur-de-lys, within a coloured and gold-lined border on the artist's original mount, unframed 15¾ x 29¾in. (40 x 75.5cm.)
A MAGNIFICENT SPANISH COLONIAL EMERALD AND GOLD PECTORAL CROSS of lobed outline, the front set with sixty-six well matched rectangular and lozenge-cut Colombian emeralds, the reverse profusely engraved with scrolls, quatrefoils and crosses and showing traces of the original black enamel or niello decoration, circa 1650 4in. (10.0cm.) high The cross is one of the most important pieces of jewellery of its type to have been recovered from the seabed and has survived in near perfect condition despite a sojourn of over three hundred years in saltwater. Its unusual combination of decorative features such as the lobed outline and distinctively patterned reverse are uncharacteristic of mid-17th Century mainland Spanish work and point to a Spanish Colonial origin. The cross in lobed surround relates to Spanish coinage where it is found during the reign of Philip III (1598-1621) decorating coins from mints such as Seville and re-appears again during the reign of Philip V (1780-24) on coins from mints in the New World. The same lobed surround is also present in Spanish 17th Century religious pendants where the centre can be either figurative or set with gems. The reverse of the present cross presents a puzzle and is reminiscent of the etched decoration found on German Renaissance armour and metalwork with its complex medley of foliage, arabesques, circles and quatrefoils incorporating, in this instance, a fleur-de-lys cross inspired by one of the Spanish military orders. This fusion of decoration with its emphasis on scrollwork more typical of late 16th and early 17th Century Europe gives the cross a different character. It has a richness of materials and a boldness of form which sets it apart from the more fastidious designs favoured by goldsmiths in Barcelona and Seville, and is an important example of the sumptuous jewels from the New World so admired at the courts of Europe. Although there are a number of extant emerald crosses of Spanish and Spanish Colonial origin including important examples from treasure ships such as the Nuestra Señora de Atocha (sank 1622) and the San Pedro (sank 1595), there is no close comparison to the present example. Looking at the detail of its design, similarities in the setting of the emeralds can be found in an aigrette-shaped jewel sold at Christie's, London on 3 October 1990, lot 373, which utilized the same pointed gold settings of jagged outline for its lozenge-shaped stones. Of unknown provenance, the jewel was almost certainly of Spanish Colonial manufacture. The same rather spiky goldwork is also found on an impressive emerald and gold 'rostrillo'* with matching set of nineteen dress ornaments donated to the Treasury of the Virgen de Gracia de Carmona in 1680 by Francisco de Rivera y Aral and described as being of undoubted Spanish American origin (M.J.Sanz Serrano, La Virgen de Gracia de Carmona, 1990, no.16). The richness of the jewels in this Treasury as well as the many others to be found in Spain may give a clue as to the intended destiny of the Maravillas cross. Although it may have belonged to one of the Spanish grandees aboard the laden vessel or been intended as a noble or even royal gift on its return to Spain, a possible explanation may be that it was commissioned in the New World by a member of one of the Spanish orders of knighthood as a gift of thanks to an image of the Virgin, in much the same way as a gold filigree chain was donated in 1659 to the Carmona Treasury by Captain Gregoria Morera (op.cit., no.42) who fortuitously survived the perils of his voyage undertaken only three years after the fateful journey of the Maravillas. * 'rostrillo' - the decorative border immediately surrounding the face on images of the Virgin. We are grateful to Dr Priscilla E. Muller and Dr Anna Beatriz Chadour for their help in compiling this entry
Karl Gustaf Hjalmar Armfelts stämpel, S:t Petersburg, haltstämpel 88 återfinns på den främre plaketten. Pyramidformat urhus på fyra fötter, krönt av dubbelörn med infattade cabochonslipade safirer. Heltäckande reliefdekor i gammalrysk stil med infattade cabochonslipade safirer, på framsidan av sagomotiv med ryska krigare i Viktor Vasnetsovs art. Sockel av röd marmor med gåvoplaketter. På framsidan: Högt ärade Emanuel Ludvigsson Nobel från kamraterna i ryska Lloyds, på baksidan: Oscar Kristoferson daterad maj 1934: ?Till minne av Emanuel Nobel från ? L(udvig) Nobel; Rolf Nobel; Emil Nobel; G(ustaf) Nobel; Anna Sjögren; Marta Nobel-Oleinikoff; Hans Olsen samt G(eorg) Oleinikoff. Insidan av nyckelluckan med ristat inventarienummer 7555 a. Nyckel medföljer. Höjd 40 cm (inkl sockel).
A DOUBLE-HANDLED RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP QING DYNASTY, 17TH / 18TH CENTURY, Highly polished of amber tone, the conical cup carved in openwork with two gnarled prunus branches set on opposite sides, the branches extending over the lip of the cup and wrapping along wall of the exterior over the finely carved low-relief archaistic bands, all set between a leiwen border at the mouth and around the tall hollow foot ring, the interior rim pared down slightly thinner than the interior central well, wooden stand Width 12 cm., 4 3/4 in.
A RARE JEWELLED TWO-COLOR GOLD, SILVER-GILT AND GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL EGG BONBONNIÈRE by Fabergé and with the workmaster's mark of Henrik Wigström, St. Petersburg, 1896-1908, with scratched inventory number 3139 The body enamelled in pale blue over moiré guilloché ground with painted sepia of ribbon-tied foliage and applied with a stylized two-color gold laurel-leaf rim, set at each end with a cabochon ruby and forming stylized alternated cartouches enclosing either open-work trellis with rosettes on sky blue guilloché enamel or a gold-mounted rosette set with a ruby cabochon, the hinged cover with a sea blue guilloché enamel band, enclosing a gold-mounted rose-cut diamond thumbpiece with gold leaves on each side and surmounted by a tied ribbon, marked 1 5/8in. (4cm.) high
A PAIR OF FINE AND RARE WHITE JADE RECTANGULAR TABLE SCREENS QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795) Intricately carved in relief on stone of very pale celadon-green tone, on one plaque with four boy attendants washing an elephant on the rocky banks of a rushing river, watched on by a foreigner, the reverse with a chrysanthemum branch, the other plaque with a Buddhist lion playing with its cub, as an attendant presents a brocade ball to them, set in a landscape with rocks, trees and a flowing stream, the reverse carved with a prunus tree 9 3/4 x 7 3/8 in. (24.8 x 18.7 cm.), zitan stands with silver inlay, box (2)
Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750) Peaches, Pomegranates, Grapes, Plums, Melons, an Ear of Corn, a Bird's Nest with Eggs, Hazlenuts, Chestnuts, Guedler-rose, a Chinese Lantern, Wheat, Lizards, a Dragonfly, a Red Admiral, a Stag Beetle and other Insects on a mossy Bank with Pebbles signed and dated 'Rachel Ruysch 1710' (lower left) oil on canvas 34¼ x 27 3/8in. (87 x 69.5cm.)
Robert Muller (1773-c. 1800) Portrait of General George Washington (1732-1799) at the Battle of Trenton, full-length, in military uniform with a blue coat with a yellow waistcoat and breeches, a pair of seals hanging from his waist, his telescope in his right hand, his left hand holding his right glove and hat, resting on his sword, an aide beside holding his white charger by the reins, the battle ensuing beyond, after Col. John Trumbull (1756-1843) signed 'J. Trumbull. 1792. Philadelphia. by R. Muller . .1797.' (lower right) oil on canvas 93 x 63in. (236.2 x 160cm.)
A POLYCHROME MAMLUK ENAMELLED-GLASS MOSQUE LAMP Probably Syria, Mid-14th Century Of characteristic form with sloping rounded body and wide conical mouth resting on spreading trumpet foot, the body with six applied loop- handles interrupting a blue band of reserved thuluth inscription on a ground of spirals, a band above and below of loosely drawn leafy vine, the upper band issuing alternating rosettes and polychrome leaves, the mouth with a broad blue band of reserved foliage around red and white lotus flowerheads alternating with blazon roundels between minor leafy vine bands, a similar broad band around the lower part of the body, the foot with a band of leafy vine above a reserved blue meandering vine stripe, the interior with a tubular shaft for the wick, intact, gilding now rubbed 10in. (24.8cm.) high
A UNIQUE JEWELLED, FOUR-COLOR GOLD AND GUILLOCHÉ ENAMEL MINIATURE HARP marked Fabergé and with the workmaster's mark of Michael Perchin, St. Petersburg, circa 1896 Shaped as a gold miniature harp supported by two chased paw feet, the gold reeded pillar with spiralling foliage surmounted by the two-color gold curved neck set with rose-cut diamonds surmounted by four-color gold chased and engraved foliage and a suspending four-color gold rose garland, the gold-mounted sound box overall enamelled in translucent red applied with gold fleur-de-lys motifs, an oval miniature frame set with seed-pearls encloses a portrait of Tsar Alexander II wearing a Hussar uniform adorning the gold strings with a gold-mounted rose-cut diamond bow below, on an oval stepped bowenite base, marked on the base 5 7/8in. (14.9cm.) high
THE "NOBEL ICE" EASTER EGG: A HIGHLY IMPORTANT JEWELLED, ENAMEL, PLATINUM AND SILVER MOUNTED EATER EGG AND SURPRISE by Fabergé, unmarked, St. Petersburg, circa 1910, with scratched inventory number on the egg 23865 and on the watch 9829(0?) The hinged egg of transparent white enamel over a silver coloured ground partially engraved and finely painted with a white opaque enamel design imitating frost, each half shelf set with a silver-mounted rim of seed-pearls and a small thumbpiece, the egg opening to reveal in a fitted compartment a platinum mounted trapezoidal shaped pendant with matt finish rock-crystal cover applied with platinum-mounted rose-cut diamond frost crystals, revealing through a highly polished window, the dial and the arms of a small watch (arms and movement replaced), with platinum mounted rose-cut diamond rim and hanging loop, in original wood fitted case stamped Fabergé with Imperial Warrant St. Petersburg, Moscow - the egg 9.9 cm long, the watch 6 cm high
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