A Fabergé jewelled varicoloured gold-mounted nephrite and rock crystal stamp dampener, Workmaster Feodor Afanassiev, St Petersburg, 1904-1908
Property Formerly in the collection of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza A Fabergé jewelled varicoloured gold-mounted nephrite and rock crystal stamp dampener, Workmaster Feodor Afanassiev, St Petersburg, 1904-1908 the rectangular nephrite stamp dampener on four gold bun feet, the sides applied with swags of green-gold laurels set with cabochon rubies suspended from red gold ribbons and rose diamond studs, the upper rim of red gold supporting a border of laurel leaves chased in green gold, the roller of matted rock crystal, struck on the mount with workmasters initials, 56 standard, with scratched inventory number 14725 length 6.2cm, 2 2/5 in. Provenance Christies, Geneva, 19 November 1979, lot 331 Baron Heinrich von Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Lugano Thence by descent Literature Somers-Cocks and C. Truman, Renaissance Jewels, Gold Boxes and Objets de vertu in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, London, 1984, no. 123, p. 338-339 illustrated Catalogue Note A nearly identical stamp dampener of white agate was held in the collection of Robert Strauss, sold Christies, London, 9 March 1970, lot 20. A Highly Important Fabergé Varicoloured Gold-Mounted Nephrite Desk Set, also from this collection, will be offered in Treasures, 10 December 2020, lot 32.