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49 SEDAN CHAIR Fabergé, St. Petersburg 1899–1903 Workmaster Mikhail Perkhin Scratched inventory number 2707 Gold, rock crystal, mother-of-pearl, enamel H. 3 ½ in. LITER ATURE

G. von Habsburg, A. von Solodkoff, 1979, Fabergé: Court Jeweler to the Tsars, New York, 1979, color plate 89/90. Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1993–1994, no. 253. Elsebeth Welander-Berggren, Carl Fabergé: Goldsmith to the Tsar, Stockholm, 1997, no. 150. U. Tillander-Godenhielm; M. Engman; R. Niskanen; et al, Fabergé: loistavaa kultasepäntaidetta, Lahti, Finland, 1997. G. von Habsburg, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, London, 2000, p. 187, no. 432. M. Saloniemi, U. Tillander-Godenhielm, T. Boettger, The Era of Fabergé, Tampere, Finland, 2006. U. Tillander-Godenhielm, Fabergé: ja hänen suomalaiset mestarinsa, Helsinki, 2008, pp. 188–189. U. Tillander-Godenhielm, Fabergén suomalaiset mestarit, Helsinki, 2011, pp. 82–83.

This sedan chair was reputedly in the collection of the Neuscheller family of St. Petersburg, one of Fabergé’s foremost customers. The Neuscheller family was in business in the Russian capital since the mid-nineteenth century. In 1860, they established the Russian-American Rubber Company. Known in Russia for its galoshes, the company eventually became the world’s largest rubber company. This sedan chair, which can be categorized among the pieces of miniature furniture produced by the f irm, is one of the rarest types of object produced by Fabergé. It closely resembles

another sedan chair, formerly in the Forbes Magazine Collection and the collections of J.P. Morgan and Lansdell Christie, which is now in the Sandoz Collection in Switzerland. Another Fabergé sedan chair of different form is preserved in the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg. Other notable examples of miniature furniture by Fabergé include a Louis XVI style table and a Louis XV style desk, preserved in the Royal Collection; a bidet, formerly in the India Early Minshall Collection and now preserved in the Cleveland Museum of Art; and a grand piano in the Sandoz Collection in Switzerland.

EXHIBITED

Helsinki, Fabergé and his Contemporaries, The Museum of Applied Arts, 1980. St. Petersburg, Paris, London, Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler, State Hermitage Museum, St.Petersburg, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1993–1994, no. 253. Stockholm, Carl Fabergé: Goldsmith to the Tsar, Nationalmuseum, June 6–October 19, 1997, no. 150. Lahti, Fabergé: loistavaa kultasepäntaidetta, 1997. Tampere, The Era of Fabergé, Museums in Finland and Moscow Kremlin Museum, June 17–October 1, 2006. Shanghai, Christie’s, October 2014.

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