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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 & polished oval moss agate mounted with chased yellow & 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, & Fabergé scratched inventory number 69891 as well as London control marks for items imported in 1906 or after & 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 & 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 & gilt bronze artisans. The minutely chased “flame” form mounts at the base & neck of this scent flacon are reminiscent of the famous Hvidøre seal in nephrite & gold used by Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna at her Danish home & formerly in the Forbes Collection. See Elsebeth Welander-Berggren. Carl Fabergé: Goldsmith to the Tsar (Stockholm: Nationalmuseum, 1997), no. 187, p. 191 & Christopher Forbes & Robyn Tromeur-Brynner, Fabergé: The Forbes Collection (New York: Hugh Lauter Levin, 1999), 194-195, 287
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