Romanov Heirlooms Dazzle
at Russian Art Auction

Fabergé silver, enamel and seed pearl charka made in Moscow. (1911).
Photo: Sotheby's

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A selection of Russian art ranging from modern paintings to Fabergé eggs to Orthodox icons to heirlooms of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna is going on sale at Sotheby’s London.

Russian Art Week features four lots on the block Nov. 30-Dec. 1, including Romanov Heirlooms: The Lost Inheritance of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna. Born in 1786 in St. Petersburg to the son of Catherine the Great of Russia and his wife, the daughter of Friedrich II Eugen, Duke of Württemberg, Pavlovna was raised at her father’s lavish palaces at Pavlovsk and at the nearby Gatchina.

A Fabergé imperial presentation box by workmaster Michael Perchin of St. Petersburg, circa 1896, valued at £70,000 to £90,000 ($116,319—$149,553) is featured in the Pavlovna lot, which goes on sale Nov. 30.

Highlights from the Dec. 1 lot of Fabergé and icons include a pair of gilt bronze-mounted amethyst glass vases from Imperial Glassworks, circa 1825, estimated at £180,000 to £250,000 ($299,106—$415,350), and a silver and cloisonné enamel triptych icon of the guardian angel Lyubavin, circa 1895, estimated at £65,000 to £75,000 ($107,991—$124,628). Also on sale is a Fabergé silver, enamel and seed pearl charka made in Moscow in 1911 and valued at £35,000 to £45,000 ($58,149—$74,763).

ArtInfo
25 November, 2009