A fine and rare Faberge vari-color gold, silver-gilt and translucent enamel taperstick, Feodor Afanassiev, St. Petersburg,

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A fine and rare Faberge vari-color gold, silver-gilt and translucent enamel taperstick, Feodor Afanassiev, St. Petersburg, circa 1900 with baluster body and domed foot, enameled translucent sky blue over a guilloche ground, hung with ribbon-tied swags of leaf-tips, the base with a chased border of acanthus leaves, marked with Cyrillic initials of workmaster, Faberge in Cyrillic, 56 standard and 88 standard, also with scratched inventory number 18890. height 3 in. (7.6 cm.) Purchased by Lady Cooper, 8th February, 1911. Sotheby's is grateful to Tatiana Faberge for providing this information from the London sales ledgers in her possession.