FABERGE - RUSSIAN IMPERIAL GOLD EGG PENDANT, MARKED
Textured with applied coat of arms.
The loop stamped .56 for GOLD content and 'FA' in Russian Cyrillic for Feodor Alexeievich Afanasiev - he worked for Carl Faberge - please see information below.
SIZE: 1.25" H (including jump-ring at top).
ESTIMATE PRICE: $1800 - $2000.
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WORKMASTER: Feodor Alexeievich Afanasiev was apprenticed to the silversmith E. Sistonen 1883 and 1888 and worked as a journeyman, for the jeweler Karl Bokh from 1888 to 1907. While employed by Bock, he worked on his master’s degree, was granted his rights & certificate in 1907, and allowed to use a master’s mark, the use of which was strictly enforced by assay laws in Imperial Russia. Thereafter he ran a small workshop for Faberge at 24 Bolshaya Morskaya specializing in miniature Easter Eggs, small articles made of silver-gilt and guilloche enamel and hardstone objects mounted with enameled silver-gilt mounts. His mark is FA in Russian Cyrillic.
WIKIPEDIA: A Faberge egg is a jeweled egg (possibly numbering as many as 69, of which 57 survive today) created by the House of Faberge, in St. Petersburg, Imperial Russia. Virtually all were manufactured under the supervision of Peter Carl Faberge between 1885 and 1917, the most famous being the 50 "Imperial" eggs, 43 of which survive, made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers. The first Faberge egg was crafted for Tsar Alexander III, who had decided to give his wife, the Empress Maria Feodorovna, an Easter egg in 1885, possibly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their betrothal. Although there is no official record of the Tsar's inspiration for it, many believe that he was moved by an egg owned by the Empress's aunt, Princess Vilhelmine Marie of Denmark, which had captivated Maria's imagination in her childhood and of which the Tsar was well aware. Known as the Hen Egg, the very first Faberge egg is crafted from a foundation of gold. Its opaque white enameled "shell" opens to reveal a matte yellow-gold yolk. This in turn opens to reveal a multicolored gold hen that also opens. The hen contained a minute diamond replica of the imperial crown from which a small ruby pendant was suspended, but these last two elements have been lost. After Alexander III's death on 1 November 1894, his son, Nicholas II, presented a Faberge egg to both his wife, Alexandra Fedorovna, and his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna. Records have shown that of the 50 imperial Easter eggs, 20 were given to the former and 30 to the latter. Eggs were made each year except 1904 and 1905, during the Russo-Japanese War. The imperial eggs enjoyed great fame, and Faberge was commissioned to make similar eggs for a few private clients, including the Duchess of Marlborough, the Rothschild family and the Yusupovs. Faberge was also commissioned to make twelve eggs for the industrialist Alexander Kelch, though only seven appear to have been completed. Following the revolution and the nationalization of the Faberge workshop in St. Petersburg by the bolsheviks in 1918, the Faberge family left Russia.