before 1899
Decorative Arts
Jade and Stones
nephrite, silver-gilt, gold, rubies, sapphires
Russia,St. Petersburg
Overall: 11 1/4 × 5 1/2 in. (28.58 × 13.97 cm)
The gold and silver objects at the Dresden Treasury inspired this elegant cup and cover. Nephrite, a type of jade, was a favored hardstone of the Fabergé firm. It is decorated with nautical details, including three gilded silver feet in the form of hippocampi—mythical creatures of the sea that are half horse and half fish—and Neptune’s trident, which surmounts the cover. The rim is chased with scrolling foliage and set with cabochon rubies and sapphires.
Fabergé, initials of workmaster Mikhail Perkhin, assay mark of St. Petersburg before 1899, 56 zolotnik
Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt
Fabergé Revealed, Palace Museum, Beijing, China, April 16 - July 17, 2016

Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, June 20 – September 27, 2015

Fabergé Revealed, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 14, 2014 - May 25, 2015

Fabulous Fabergé, Jeweler to the Czars, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, June 14 - October 12, 2014

Fabergé Revealed, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, June 22 - September 29, 2013

Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, Detroit Institute of Art, October 14, 2012 - January 21, 2013

Look Here: Dazzle, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, November 2, 2005 - January 29, 2006

Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of Fabergé, coinciding with Fabergé in America, Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 12 - April 18, 1996, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, May 25 - July 28, 1996, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, August 24 - November 10, 1996, New Orleans Museum of Art, December 7, 1996 - February 8, 1997, Cleveland Museum of Art, March 12 - May 11, 1997

Collector of the Year, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, February 6 - March 13, 1983.
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