Monday, March 31, 2014

Gifts of Grandeur: A Jeweled Box by Fabergé, 1908

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The Royal Collection 
Image Courtesy of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Made in 1908 by an unknown Fabergé workmaster, this oval silver-gilt box is mounted with two-color gold, pale blue guilloché enamel, and diamonds.

An intricate foliate frieze of enamel on a white ground leads your eye to the diamond thumb-piece. The lid of the box is mounted with a bi-color gold wreath which surrounds a glittering diamond stud. Lest you think that this box was one of the many collected by Queen Mary, I should point out that this one was first recorded in the Royal Collection in 1953. It’s possible that Queen Mary purchased it before her 1953 death, but we can’t be sure.

Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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