A miniature gold, jade and rock crystal sedan chair by Fabergé has been consigned for sale at the Cotswold Auction Company in Cirencester.
Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Roland Arkell
This piece bears the mark for workmaster Mikhail Perchin (maker of all but three of the imperial Easter eggs) and can be dated to c.1899-1903. It has excellent provenance, having been in the same family since it was purchased in 1929 from Wartski in London for £75.
It will be offered at the silver, jewellery, Asian art, antiques and interiors sale on September 10.
Sedan chairs are among the rarest curiosities produced by Faberge (fewer than ten are known) with this particular example pictured in Kenneth Snowman’s 1962 ‘bible’- The Art of Carl Fabergé.
Auctioneers Elizabeth Poole and Lindsey Braune commented: “Discovering the sedan chair in Kenneth Snowman’s book was rather a spine-tingling moment. It belongs to a family who collected some absolute gems in the early 20th century – and have looked after them ever since.”
The sedan chair is estimated at £60,000-80,000.