A BOWEN ITE BOURDALOU WITH JEWELLED TWO-COLOUR GOLD MOUNTS

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St Petersburg, 1899-1908, the hardstone vessel with gold rim chased with laurel band alternately set with diamonds and rubies, the handle mounted with two cabochon sapphires, the lobed base enamelled in translucent strawberry red. For a bowenite bowl with similar mounts, unmarked but evidently by the same workmaster as the present lot, see Sotheby's Geneva, 16 November 1999, lot 196.