A Fabergé jewelled gold and guilloché enamel egg pendant in the racing colours of Leopold de Rothschild, workmaster August Hollming, St Petersburg, circa 1910
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection A Fabergé jewelled gold and guilloché enamel egg pendant in the racing colours of Leopold de Rothschild, workmaster August Hollming, St Petersburg, circa 1910 enamelled in dark blue and orange swirls over engine-turned ground, the cap set with two bands of rose-cut diamonds, struck on the loop with workmasters initials, 56 standard height including loop 2cm, 4/5in. Provenance Wartski, London Exhibition New York, A La Vieille Russie, Inc., Fabergé: Exhibition for the Benefit of the Scholarship Fund of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of Design, April 22 - May 21, 1983 Literature Exhibition catalogue Fabergé: Exhibition for the Benefit of the Scholarship Fund of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of Design, New York, A La Vieille Russie, Inc., 1983, n. 518, p. 138 listed, p. 137 illustrated L. Cerwinske with the cooperation of A La Vieille Russie, Russian Imperial Style, New York, 1990, p. 158 Catalogue Note According to H.C. Bainbridge, manager of Fabergés London shop, the idea to use this blue and orange colour scheme was the result of numerous requests made each year just before Newmarket, Ascot and Derby time, for suitable gifts for Leopold de Rothschild. When the first shipment of items enamelled in these colours arrived at the London shop from St Petersburg, Bainbridge was exceedingly pleased and excited. He relates that: "I ran straight off to New Court and showed them to Mr. Leopold, who said, `Splendid! I will take the lot. ... Whenever he wanted to say `Good morning! `I like you! or `Dont bother me any more! he simply slipped a dark blue and yellow Fabergé object into his friends pocket." (H. C. Bainbridge, Peter Carl Fabergé, Goldsmith and Jeweller to the Russian Imperial Court, London, 1949, p.83 and K. McCarthy, Fabergé and the Rothschilds, in The Rothschild Archive: Review of the Year April 2004-March 2005, London, pp. 34-41.) Leopold de Rothschild (1845-1917) was the third son of Baron Lionel de Rothschild MP, and great grandson of Mayer Amschel Rothschild. He purchased Ascott in Buckinghamshire in 1876 in order to turn it into a hunting lodge and during the following years the house was enlarged and transformed into a family home. Mary Gladstone, daughter of the Prime Minister, William Gladstone, described Ascott as the most luxurious and lovely thing I ever saw. Numerous small objets de luxe were produced by Fabergé in these Rothschild racing colours and the drawings of many of them from the Wigström workshop are reproduced by U. Tillander-Godenhielm et al., Golden Years of Fabergé, Drawings and Objects from the Wigström Workshop, New York, 2000. The offered lot is a particularly rare occurrence of these colours on a pendant egg.