Adam’s auction of Fine Jewellery and Watches in Dublin on December 3 includes several pieces by Fabergé.
Although the maker’s mark is obscured, this cabochon sapphire and diamond brooch above is attributed to senior workmaster Mikhail Perkhin, the self-taught goldsmith who learned his trade from rural craftsmen in the Olonets province but rose through the ranks to create more than half of the Imperial Easter eggs.
It has a provenance to Frederick James Merrilees, the son of the Anglo-Russian merchant who co-owned Moscow’s first and largest department store in the last days of the Russian Empire. Merrilees was guardian to a young girl he brought up as a friend and companion to his daughter from the age of eight to 18. This brooch was consigned by the granddaughter.
This unusual 18th century carved polychrome painted nutmeg grater above appears to make a barbed reference to the spice trade.
The 10½in (27cm) grater is topped by the articulated figure of a man wearing a tricorn hat. His trousers drop to expose his backside when bending down.
It is estimated at £800-1200 at Wilkinson’s in Doncaster on December 1.
The large-scale figure of a rotund tabby above was designed by Lisa Larson (b.1931) for Gustavsberg c.1965 as part of the Zoo range of stoneware animals.
Others in the series of 13 Larson models include a zebra, polar bear, giraffe, kangaroo and a walking cat with straight tail. Maxi-Katt stands just over 13in (34cm) high and was made in a number of colours from 1955-76.
It has an estimate of £600-800 as part of the design sale at Mallams Oxford on December 5-6.