Combined Timepiece and Photograph Frame

Location: Russia, St Petersburg

Materials: silver-gilt and three-colour gold, translucent enamel, moonstone and pearls 88 zolotniks

Dimensions: 12.5 x 24 cm

Accession Number: FAB 859

Other Notes:

Although Fabergé occasionally used the fan as a form for bonbonnières and small frames, its use on a larger scale, as in this instance combining a timepiece with apertures for photographs, is more unusual. Another example of this form, also by the workmaster Perkhin, was formerly in the collection of Lily and Edmond J. Safra. Like many of the timepieces produced by Fabergé, this example is fitted with an eight-day movement made by the firm of Henry Moser.

Exhibited: London 1989, cat. no. 235, illustrated
Literature: Soldodkoff 1986, p. 4, illustrated


Haydn Williams, Enamels of the World: 1700-2000 The Khalili Collections, London 2009, cat. 267, pp. 386–7.