A Fabergé two-color gold-mounted carved moss agate scent flask, workmaster Michael Perchin, Saint Petersburg, circa 1890, with original Fabergé scratched inventory number 69891. The carved and polished oval moss agate mounted with chased yellow and pink gold mounts, the slip-on stopper lid with a finial of translucent moss agate framed in a triangular scrolling mount, the oval foot allows the flacon to stand on a flat surface. Struck with workmaster’s marks, 56 gold standard, and Fabergé scratched inventory number 69891 as well as London control marks for items imported in 1906 or after and a mark indicating that the London assay office assessed the gold as 12 karat. The full London marks on the mount around the neck are somewhat rubbed and the date mark is difficult to ascertain. Height 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm); width 1 ½ in. (3.8 cm).
Michael Perchin’s work reached its greatest heights when producing objets de vertu inspired by ornament of the Rococo ébinistes and gilt bronze artisans. The minutely chased “flame” form mounts at the base and neck of this scent flacon are reminiscent of the famous Hvidøre seal in nephrite and gold used by Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna at her Danish home and formerly in the Forbes Collection. See Elsebeth Welander-Berggren. Carl Fabergé: Goldsmith to the Tsar (Stockholm: Nationalmuseum, 1997), no. 187, p. 191 and Christopher Forbes and Robyn Tromeur-Brynner, Fabergé: The Forbes Collection (New York: Hugh Lauter Levin, 1999), 194-195, 287
For additional information about this piece, please contact us.