A GOLD-MOUNTED AQUAMARINE BROOCH
Workmaster Erik Kollin
By Faberge, with overstruck French import marks, St. Petersburg, circa 1880. The rectangular aquamarine set in a gold border applied with pellets and twisted ropework and filigree scrolls on the sides, in the Classical revival style. It was under the guidance of Erik Kollin (1836-1901) that the Scythian inspired objects and jewellery were created, following the important archaeological discovery of Kertch in the Crimea, and for which Faberge received the gold medal in 1885 in Nuremberg. Kollin was one of the leading goldsmiths incorporating at times the filigree work and antique style which sometimes resembles that of Giuliano or Castellani.