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LORGNETTES

Made by: Henrik Immanuel Wigström

On view in: Icon Room


About this object

The handle of the lorgnette is enameled in pale green on a guilloche ground, cut to imitate the undulating patterns of a satin fabric. At both ends are mounts of acanthus leaves and other, more stylized plant forms cast in green, red, and yellow gold. There is a ring at the bottom for holding the lorgnette. It and the rims of the lenses are decorated with an applied continuous leaf motif in green gold.

Category:
costume accessories
Object name:
LORGNETTES
Made from:
Gold -- enamel
Made in:
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Date made:
ca. 1904-1908
Size:
16 cm (6 5/16 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.84
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
MARK 56 [Kokoshnik facing left] [Cyrillic initials AR] All in a lozenge-shaped mark struck inside bridge/nosepiece. 56 is the gold standard; a kokoshnik facing left indicates that the piece was made between 1898 and 1908; the Cyrillic initials AR are those of Aleksandr Vasil'evich Romanov, assaymaster and head of district (upravlaiushchii okrugom), St. Petersburg, active April 1, 1904 to 1912. maker's mark H.W. Roman initials in an oval shaped mark, struck inside bridge. Maker's mark of Henrik Wigström. Note: A lorgnette or a pair of spectacles had to marked here by law.
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"Fabergé Rediscovered"