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23 IMPERIAL PHOTOGRAPH FR AME Fabergé, St. Petersburg circa 1901 Workmaster Mikhail Perkhin Scratched inventory number 3748 Gold, enamel, diamonds H. 1 ½ in.

A RT I E A N D D OROT H Y MC F E R R I N C OL L E C T ION AT T H E HOUSTON M USEU M OF NAT U R A L SC I E NCE

Collection of Grand Duke George Mikhailovich (1863–1919), then by descent. This rare mechanical photograph frame contains original photographs of Grand Duke George, Grand Duchess Marie (1876–1940) and Princess Nina Georgievna (1901–1974) as an infant. The original purchase has not been traced, but the age of Nina in the photograph and the workmaster’s mark of Mikhail Perkhin (who died in 1903),

suggest a date of 1901, the year of Nina’s birth. Each photograph is covered by functioning windows, which are operated by a diamond push-piece at the bottom edge of the frame and powered by an intricate mechanism located inside the back cover. The design and construction undoubtedly were inspired by the surprise in the Imperial Pansy Egg (1899), a similar enamel heart-shaped photograph frame with functioning windows, which also was made in Perkhin’s workshop.

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Unknown Fabergé  

An excerpt of the catalogue for the upcoming exhibition at: The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, MN. October 6, 2016 to February 26, 201...

Unknown Fabergé  

An excerpt of the catalogue for the upcoming exhibition at: The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, MN. October 6, 2016 to February 26, 201...

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