Uttering the name Fabergé conjures images of Russian opulence, priceless enamelled eggs and diamond-encrusted jewels. The company is known for creating bespoke, one-off pieces for very wealthy clients in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Those with the family name Fabergé have provided a diversity of objects in recent years too. Descendants of the great man himself, founder Carl Fabergé, including Sarah and her father Theo Fabergé, have created items for the more modern collector.
Lot 752 in the Watches Auction on 20 May is one such item, a Theo Fabergé St Petersburg Collection silver automatic wrist watch. This timepiece is numbered six of a limited run and this is believed to be the first of these watches to appear at auction in the UK. With a mother of pearl dial, egg-shaped cut out to view the movement and machined decoration, this is a beautiful and very rare watch indeed.
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Written by Sarah Cotter