Compulsory auction - Please note the special bidding terms of the FCA.
Lot 3911 - S16 Fabergé & Objets de Vertu Compulsory auction - Thursday, 05. December 2019, 03.30 PM

AGATE SCENT BOTTLE/SEAL GNOME FIGURE, BY FABERGÉ, Moscow, ca. 1900.

Marked Fabergé, maker's mark Henrik Wigström, 56 Zolotniky.
Extraordinary carved carnelian figure of a gnome in standing position with his hands in his pockets, the face and the beard in grey colour and two sapphire eyes, the hat with a diamond-set border. The figure is a combined scent bottle and seal. The body is hollowed to hold scent, the hinged hat opens to reveal a gadrooned gold mounted cork stopper with scent stick. The base engraved with the cypher of the Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna. Ca. 7,4 x 3,9 cm.

Hardstone figures can be divided in five categories: portrait, folcloristic, military, cultural und fantastical. Gnomes are kindly subterranean creatures which feature in middle European mythology and frequently appeared in the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. The hardstone figures are rare creations and were reserved for the most distinguished clients.

Provenance:
- Wartski, London.
- Private property Switzerland, acquired at the above address in 2007.

Minimum hammer price
CHF 146 000 (€ 128 070)