A vari-colored gold and translucent enamel desk seal

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A vari-colored gold and translucent enamel desk seal circa 1908 enameled translucent lilac over a guilloche ground and applied with foliate pendants, with moonstone finial, engraved with a presentation inscription, 'Lady Iveagh from Prince of Wales, Dec. 7, 1908,' the nephrite matrix carved with the initials A.M.I. below a coronet (for Lady Iveagh), apparently unmarked, possibly by Faberge. Contained in original fitted leather case of Noble & Co. length 2 1/2in. (6.4cm.) The firm Noble & Co. was established in London in 1908 by Arthur Bowe and retailed works by Faberge. Arthur Bowe had earlier (in 1903) opened a branch of the House of Faberge in London. See, Alexander von Solodkoff, Faberge, Juwelier des Zarenhofes, Heidelberg, 1985. Provenance: H.R.H. Prince of Wales (later George V) Adelaide Maria, Countess of Iveagh Exhibited: Faberge and the Edwardians: The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh, August 8-31, 1987, No. 13 The Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, September 5-26, 1987, No. 13