Incredibly beautiful items turn up in the most unpredictable places. Here is a c.1895 Fabergé brooch, offered via 1stDibs by a dealer in regional Washington state, far enough away from its origins in Russia to ponder on its story and how it arrived in the USA.
In style and period, this Fabergé 14K gold-mounted and diamond-set guilloché enamel brooch is Belle Epoque. Workmaster Oscar Pihl (1860-1897) was Finnish, like many Fabergé workmasters. Some workmasters had their own workshops and specialised jewelry work was contracted out. Oscar Pihl however, as far as I can work out, was Fabergé’s Moscow workmaster, producing jewelry on the firm’s premises.
This brooch is identified as a Moscow piece, circa 1900 (but more likely c.1895, given Oscar Pihl’s active period as a jeweler concluded in 1897). Of shaped rectangular outline, the surface is enameled translucent salmon-hued peach over engine-turned reeding, within finely chased scrolling yellow gold rocaille borders (related to the decorative Roccoco style) set with four bezel-set Old European cut diamonds, the back fully enclosed and the pin with guard to protect the wearer’s fingers and clothing.
The piece is offered for sale at a price of $16,221.40AUD and its dimensions are a dainty 2cm H x 4cm W
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