Missing from public view for 79 years the Fabergé hardstone portrait figure of Pustynnikov sold for an amazing hammer price of $5.2 million plus a 15% commission.
Kamer-Kazak N.N. Pustynnikov, Personal
Cossack Body Guard of Empress Alexandra
Feodorovna from 1894-1917
(Courtesy Stair Galleries)
Original Design Sketch for the Body Guards of
Alexandra Feodorovna (Production No. 12995
January 31, 1912) and for the Dowager Empress
Marie Feodorovna (April 25, 1912)
Kamer-Kazak A.A. Kudinov, Personal Cossack
Body Guard from 1878-1915 to Dowager
Empress Marie Feodorovna, Property of the
State Pavlovsk Museum, Russia
(Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm, et al., Golden
Years of Fabergé, Drawings and Objects from
the Wigström Workshop, 2000, 50-51)
- 1912 Sold to Tsar Nicholas II
- 1934 Hammer Galleries sold for $2250 to Mrs. George H. Davis of Manhattan and Rhinebeck, NY (Hammer invoice incorrectly identifies the figure as the body guard of Marie Feodorovna)
- Thence by descent
- 2013 Sold to London jeweler Wartski for close to $6 million
Some hardstone figures still missing based on archival records – the search continues:
Emperor Nicholas II, 1868-1918
Invoice for Priest
Invoice for Palace Guard
(Skurlov, Valentin, Fabergé, Tatiana, and Viktor Ilyukhin, K. Fabergé, and His Followers: Hardstone Figures, 2009, 82-3)
“Uncle Sam” was purchased by Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt II on September 10, 1909, for £60 (cost of 385 rubles).
‘Birdie’ Vanderbilt Painting
by Giovanni Boldini
“Uncle Sam” London Sales Ledger Entry
(Courtesy Tatiana Fabergé Archives)
Close to a hundred photographs of the last Russian Imperial family, many taken by the Nicholas II himself or his children, were found in a remote Urals museum. Among them is a series of photographs (left) of the four Grand Duchesses, daughters of Emperor Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra Feodorovna.
The Four Grand Duchesses of
Nicholas II and Alexandra
(Courtesy Siberian Times)
(Courtesy of the Author)
1914 Imperial Mosaic Egg and Cameo Surprise
(Courtesy the Royal Collection)
It also appears the idea for the surprise of the Mosaic Egg has an illustrious predecessor. Empress Maria Feodorovna, wife of Paul I, was a gifted artist in her own right. Her talents included the ability to carve cameos, turn ivory and amber, draw, paint and engrave medals and buttons, some of which she presented to her mother-in-law Catherine II (Catherine the Great).
Drawing by Empress Maria Feodorovna,
Wife of Paul I (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Cigarette Box, Reversed
(Courtesy Walters Art Museum)
Fabergé Eggs in Calendars, Puzzles and More
Spring Flowers Egg (1899-1903): *Pop-up Book (1994), Wall Calendar (2004)
(Courtesy The Forbes Magazine Collection)
1985 – The inaugural calendar contained eggs and other items from The Forbes Magazine Collection. (New York: Henry A. Abrams)
1989 – Twelve Easter eggs from The Forbes Collection and the Armory Museum were shown in a calendar published in conjunction with the San Diego Exhibition first on view in California and then in 1990 shown in Moscow. Text is in English and Russian. A similar calendar was published for 1991. (San Diego, CA: Museum of Art)
1990 – **A five-year record book with dates, but without days of the week to keep track of important dates in your life, included Fabergé objects from The Forbes Magazine Collection, the Royal Collection, and the photographic archives of Sotheby’s auction house. (Hugh Lauter Levin Associates; distributed by the Macmillan Publishing Company)
1990 – **Jigsaw puzzle with 600 interlocking pieces has 12 different photographs of Easter eggs from The Forbes Magazine Collection (Nordevco Puzzles)
1992 – Wall calendar with eggs from The Forbes Magazine Collection (FMC) with an introduction, “The House of Fabergé” by Christopher Forbes. Similar edition for the year 1998 is entitled Imperial Egg CollectionTM … (FMC with te Neues Publishing Company)
1994 – *Imperial Surprises: A Pop-up Book of Fabergé Masterpieces featured eight Forbes Fabergé objects as pop-ups. A variety of other objects illustrate the text by Margaret Kelly (Trombly), Director of The Forbes Magazine Collection. (Fabergé Arts Foundation and Harry N. Abrams)
1996 – Fabergé Eggs: A Book of Ornaments contains five eggs with gold cords to be hung as Easter or Christmas ornaments and returned to the book. (New York: Henry A. Abrams)
1996 – Fabergé: Prunkeier/Decorated Eggs is a tear-out postcard book featuring The Forbes Collection taken from the 1989 Prestel Verlag publication, Fabergé, The Imperial Eggs.
1998 – **Fabergé Treasures – The Forbes CollectionTM: Jigsaw Puzzle Book with text by Robyn Tromeur has four two-sided puzzles stored safely in the foldout book. (New York: Henry A. Abrams)
1998 – The Imperial Egg CollectionTM: Selection of Fabergé Objects d’Art, The Forbes Magazine Collection wall calendar (New York: The Forbes Magazine Collection and Art + Image, Germany)
1999 – The Imperial Egg CollectionTM by Peter Carl Fabergé: The Forbes Collection™ wall calendar (New York: Henry A. Abrams)
**Jigsaw Puzzle with 600 pieces (1990) and in the lower right, Five-Year Book of Days (1990), Jigsaw Puzzle Book (1998)
(Courtesy Camelier & Buckley Catalog; The Forbes Magazine Collection)
2000 – Four Fabergé Kodak puzzles featuring pieces from The Forbes Magazine Collection were produced and sold in the museum shop at the Riverfront Arts Center in Wilmington, Delaware. (If you have an extra copy, please contact us.)
2004 – *Peter Carl Fabergé Treasures from the Forbes CollectionTM wall calendar was published before the sale of The Forbes Magazine Collection to the Link of Times Collection. (Barnes & Noble Calendars)
(Updates are posted in Exhibitions on the Fabergé Research Site)
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fabergé Gallery is closed while the collection is on tour. During this time, the gallery will be doubled in size, renovated, and relit to allow visitors to experience the full range of the craftsmanship of Fabergé eggs, jewels, and other objects in the Pratt Collection.
Temporary exhibitions are uploaded to the Fabergé Research Site as soon as they are received:
February 18 – May 18, 2014 Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
Fabergé: The Tsar’s Jeweler
The exhibition features 150 items from the Kremlin Museum in Moscow on display in Austria for the first time. A catalog will be published.
November 16, 2013 – March 23, 2014 The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost
Exhibition dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty includes Fabergé objects.
Any oversights, advise the editors.
- Korneva, Galina, and Tatiana Cheboksarova, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, 2014. In Russian. An English edition is in preparation.
- Tillander-Godenhielm, Ulla, Jewels from Imperial St. Petersburg, 2012, a soft-cover edition is coming out in March 2014. A Russian translation with the title, Драгоценности Императорского Петербурга, was published in 2013.
Fabergé Objects in the Collection of Pavlovsk was unveiled on December 19, 2013. Volume 9 in the Pavlovsk Museum series features 34 Fabergé objects of which 30 have an Imperial provenance.
Mongkhonlatham, Ratthakō̜n (Ralph), Changtho̜ng Luang Haeng Phramahakasat (The Kings’ Royal Goldsmiths), 2554 . Separate Thai and English editions trace the royal gems since the reign of King Rama V in a series of illustrated articles. Reviewed in the Phuket Gazette, April 23-29, 2011, p. 23. The editors are interested in an English edition.
Selling Russia’s Treasures edited by Natalya Semyonova and Nicolas V. Iljine is an enlarged edition of the book published in 2001 with the same title.
Carol Warner at the 1993 Hermitage Museum Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler Exhibition
(Photograph Courtesy of Carol Warner)
Design Sketch of the Danish Anniversary Kovsh/Wine Cooler
(Christie’s London, April 27, 1989, Lot 404)