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Fabergé in demand at London auctions

14 June 2010Written by ATG Reporter

This jewelled and gold mounted hardstone model of a turkey by Fabergé was among the highlights of Christie's Russian art sale in London on June 8.

A much-exhibited 2in (5cm) high model bearing the workmaster's mark of Henrik Wigström, and purchased by the vendor in Stockholm in the 1960s, it doubled its top estimate selling at £160,000.

This price, the highest among the works of art at King Street, was shared by a Japoniste silver and bowenite dragon table lamp by Julius Rappoport.

Sotheby's stand-alone catalogue of works of art included one of Fabergé's celebrated gold, enamel and hardstone illusional flower studies. Formed as a single stem of wild pansy in a rock crystal vase, it was sold in its original case with a note reading: Present from Queen Alexandra to 1st Lady Iveagh. It doubled its low estimate at £400,000.

Sotheby's also sold a pair of 1841 campana form vases painted with Dutch Old Master scenes by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory were the top-selling lot.

Entered by a descendent of King William II of Württemburg (1848-1921), they sold on their low estimate of £800,000.

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