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
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.