THEO FABERGE CRYSTAL, VERMEIL, STERLING SILVER EGG
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Theo Faberge Limited Edition Winter Egg. Ours is No. 189 of only 750 made in 1986 for the St. Petersburg Collection. Crystal, Sterling silver, 24 carat, ruby and enamel music box egg. Height 152mm. In the original gold presentation case. Weight with case is 3 pds 6 oz. A fusion of winter ice and festive cheer, The Winter Egg is a celebration of the winter season. Made of cobalt blue and clear crystal, it is set with the Imperial Crown of Russia. Hand painted enamel delicate bows and holly decorate the Egg, which opens to reveal a music box that plays 'Silent Night'. The sterling silver base is engine turned in a starburst pattern. The vermeil crown inside winds up the mechanism and turns with the music. A cabochon ruby operates the miniature mechanism. PROVENANCE: A Charleston SC Private Estate. Theo Faberge (1922-2007) was the grandson of Peter Carl Faberge. His father Nicholas Faberge, Carl’s youngest son, arrived in London in 1906 to help run the only branch of The House of Faberge outside Russia, in Dover Street, London. After 1917 Nicholas remained in London and in 1922 his son, Theo Faberge was born. From an early age Theo Faberge had a passion for making objects of a highly crafted standard. A fascination with the natural beauties of wood led Theo to explore the techniques of ornamental turning, the art of deep-cut engraving and sculpting woods, ivories and metals using precision lathes. He restored a Holtzappfel lathe originating from 1861, and in the 1950s began to design and make elegant objets d’art from rare wood and ivory, for pleasure and then as commissions. Theo soon began to receive commissions from notable collectors of Carl Faberge, and from museums such as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, United States. In 1984, Theo was persuaded to produce a Collection to be sold on the international market incorporating precious metals, crystal, enamelling, stone-carving, precious gems and porcelain. The St Petersburg Collection was launched to the public at Marshall Fields, Chicago in 1985. Theo and his daughter Sarah Faberge have worked on a variety of commissions from the White House Egg for the United States President, to the Brotherhood Egg for Boys’ Town. At the time of the establishment of St Petersburg Collection, HRH The Duke of Gloucester admired Theo’s work at The Art of the Master Turner exhibition at the Science Museum in London. HRH Princess Alexandra, The Hon Lady Ogilvy received Theo’s Presentation Golden Egg. HRH The Duke of York came aboard the vessel Sthtandart in 1999 when it arrived in the Pool of London bearing the oak for Theo’s Sthtandart eggs. The Duke and Duchess of York commissioned the Hole in One Egg in aid of a children’s charity. In 2003, Theo was commissioned by the Royal Air Force to produce their commemorative piece for the centenary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, the first being presented to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Eminent museums such as the State Hermitage Museum, the San Diego Fine Arts Museum and the St Petersburg City Museum have catalogued Theo Faberge's creations within their collections.
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