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Antique Fabergé Silver and Parcel-Gilt Traveling Dining Set

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A Fabergé silver parcel gilt dining set for one, Moscow, circa 1908-1917. The set, known as an egoist in Russian because it was intended for solitary dining during travel, comprising a tea glass holder, bowl, liqueur glass, and open salt in Neo-Classical taste, each piece with cast and chased acanthus leaf bands against a ground of polished rings and a matted ground, the interiors gilded. All pieces struck with K. Fabergé in Cyrillic with the Russian Imperial warrant and 88 silver standard. Dimensions: The tea glass holder 2 3/4 in. h (7 cm); the bowl bowl 2 h x 4 3/4 in. diam. (5 x 12 cm); the open salt 7/8 h x 1 1/2 in. diam. (2.2 x 3.8 cm); the liqueur glass 2 3/4 in. h (7 cm).

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  • Period
  • Metal
  • Condition
    Excellent. Interior gilding in excellent condition. Has not been overcleaned..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 2 in.

    H 5.08 cm

  • Diameter
    4.75 in. (12.07 cm)
  • Seller location
    Redmond, WA
  • Seller reference number
    1406-068
  • Reference number
    LU2423104863

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About Fabergé (Designer)

     Best known for creating the lavishly ornate and intricately devised Imperial Easter Eggs given by the last czars to their families as annual holiday gifts, the House of Fabergé was the most prestigious Russian luxury goods maker of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Serving the aristocracy and the well-to-do through stores in St. Petersburg, Moscow and as far afield as London, Fabergé crafted a wide range of jewelry, clock cases, silver and myriad objets de vertu that included picture frames, cigarette boxes, cufflinks and carved hardstone floral and animal figurines. Following the revolution, the firm was closed by the Soviet state in 1918.

     Master goldsmith Gustav Fabergé, a descendant of Huguenot emigrées, founded the company in St. Petersburg in 1842. The firm did a brisk trade among the lesser nobility and the merchant class, but it flourished under the guidance of Gustav’s eldest son Carl Fabergé, who took over in 1872. Cosmopolitan, widely-traveled and himself a master goldsmith, the younger Fabergé drew early design inspiration when he volunteered to catalogue and restore pieces in the imperial jewelry collection in the Hermitage. Fabergé pieces based on historical jewelry from the Hermitage caught the attention of Czar Alexander III at a Moscow exhibition in 1882, and three years later he commissioned the first Imperial Easter Egg as a gift for the czarina. (Relatively simple in design compared to the complex cloisonné-adorned eggs that followed, the first egg was a white-enameled ovoid containing a gold “yolk” that held a gold hen, which in turn contained a replica of the imperial crown from which hung an egg-shaped ruby pendant.) Czar Nicholas II continued the tradition, presenting two eggs each Easter — one for his wife and one for his mother. As the appointed goldsmith to the royal court, the House of Fabergé became the darling of Russian aristocrats as well as wealthy patrons across Europe. Many and varied objets — hundreds of thousands by one count — were made to meet their demand. The firm employed some 500 craftsmen and designers when it was shuttered.

     After the Russian Revolution, the Fabergé name and trademark endured a checkered passage through the 20th century. Family members left their homeland in 1918 and set up a new business in Paris that was mainly concerned with repairing and restoring earlier-made wares. The name was adopted by an American fragrance and beauty products maker in the late 1930s, and later authorized by the family in a 1951 agreement. The trademark has been subsequently sold several times, and attached to numerous products including jewelry.

     For connoisseurs, true Fabergé refers to items made in the firm’s brief, golden decades from 1885 to 1917. Collectors are advised to make a study of Fabergé works in museum collections such as the Victoria & Albert and the Royal Collection in London to gain an understanding of the quality of genuine goods made by the original firm, and then to purchase only from reputable and reliable dealers, such those at 1stdibs. As you will see from the jewelry and objects on these pages, Fabergé pieces are richly redolent of a romantic past, and a source of thorough delight.

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