An Imperial Fabergé Silver-gilt And Enamel Thermometer
An Imperial Fabergé silver-gilt and enamel thermometer, of rectangular form with semicircular ends, the surface enamelled in translucent royal blue over banded wavy engine-turning within a leaf tip border, the bead-framed aperture enclosing a white glass panel graded in Réaumur scale, flanked by applied rosettes and acanthus, the ends mounted with ribbon-tied laurel wreaths, wood back, struck with workmaster Victor Aarne’s initials and Fabergé in Cyrillic, St. Petersburg, 1899-1908,
scratched inventory number 3063, 88 standard, measuring 24.3 centimetres
Illustrated in: Fabergé, his masters and artisans, Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm, 2018, page 200.
This magnificent and important thermometer was made by Fabergé. Fabergé was established in St Petersburg in 1842, and by the late nineteenth century, was Russia’s largest and best-known jewellery house. The house has become known for their royal commissions and their close ties to the family of Tsar Nicholas II. This thermometer features a royal blue enamel surface decorated with neoclassical style rosettes and acanthus motifs. The thermometer has a Réaumur scale, a temperature scale used in Europe until the mid-nineteenth century and used in Russia until the early twentieth century. This thermometer reflects the ways in which the Fabergé firm transformed everyday objects into beautiful and luxurious works of art.
Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.