A Fabergé Gold-mounted Guilloche Enamel Desk Clock
An Important Fabergé two-colour gold-mounted guilloche enamel desk clock, marked Fabergé, square, with circular seed-pearl bezel on lilac sunburst guilloché ground, the border enamelled in translucent salmon pink over a moiré guilloché ground, all within white enamel borders, applied with ribbon-tied arrows and laurel wreaths at corners, further applied with laurel entwined spears, the outer boarder cast and chased with acanthus leaves, the white enamel dial with black Arabic chapter and pierced gold hands, clock mechanism marked H Y Moser & Cie, No. 85656, the ivory back with silver scroll strut, the back-plate with hand-set, marked on upper rim, back and strut with the workmaster Michael Percin, St Petersburg 1899-1903, scratched inventory number 8998, height 11.1 cm, 425 gr.
A magnificent and important desk clock by Fabergé. Fabergé was established in St Petersburg in 1842, and by the late nineteenth century, was Russia’s largest and most well-known jewellery house. The house has become known for their royal commissions and their close ties to the family of Tsar Nicholas II. This lavishly decorated clock is a wonderful example of the two most popular techniques used by Fabergé workmasters: refined guilloché enamelling and applied varicolour gold decorations. Both techniques were inspired by the eighteenth-century French goldsmiths whose work was studied by Michael Perchin in the treasury of the Hermitage. The clock’s seed-pearl bezel frequently appears in Fabergé’s desk clock designs, and the varicolour gold laurel wreaths, arrows and caducae are typical of Perchin’s decoration in Neoclassical taste.
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.