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A Fabergé gilded silver & guilloché enamel napkin ring, workmaster Anders Nevalainen, Saint Petersburg, 1899-1908, with original scratched Fabergé inventory number 17287.Of oval section, enameled in transparent mauveover an engine-turned ground, within opaque white borders, the interior of the ring engraved in Cyrillic “to my little bee / 6 VI 1915 Odessa” (моей пчелке), with a Cyrillic monogram beneath a noble crown.
Dimensions 1 1/2″ h (3.8 cm), 2 1/2″ w (6.5 cm)
Another napkin ring by Nevalainen in salmon pink enamel with scratched inventory number 18803 was sold as part of the Kazan Collection, Christie’s New York, April 15, 1997, lot 101. A comparable but slightly smaller napkin ring by Nevalainen with scratched inventory number 13184 sold at Christie’s New York, April 8, 2008, lot 285. For a similar napkin ring with blue enamel in the collection of the State Historical Museum, see V. Skurlov & G. Smorodinova, Fabergé & the Russian Court Jewellers (Moscow, 1992), no. 30 &Carl Fabergé: Kostbarkeiten russischer Goldschmiedekunst der Jahrhundertwende(Museum Bellerive Zürich, 1989), no. 61, p. 88.
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