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Envelope Moistener

Made by: Fabergé __Firm ||Master A. R. __Workmaster

On view in: Adirondack Building

About this object

The envelope moistener is made from a small aubergine porcelain mounted in silver. The bulbous porcelain body is glazed in a dark purple in imitation of late eighteenth-century Chinese monochrome porcelains produced during the reign of Qian Long (r. 1736-95). The unmarked silver top is decorated with a rosette around the opening and a reeded motif tied with ribbons and a leaf-form collar. The simple foot is molded.

Object name:
Envelope Moistener
Made from:
Porcelain -- silver
Made in:
RUSSIA: Saint Petersburg
Date made:
overall __2.44 IN __ __ __1.75 IN
overall __5.88 CM __ __ __4.44 CM

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
silver standard; assayer's mark __88 [kokoshnik left] [Cyrillic] IaL __Struck on underside of silver base. __The three marks are conjoined within an oval. These so-called "doubles" (joined marks) were introduced in the Assay Charter of 1882. This particular version (with kokoshnik and assayer's initials) was introduced in late 1898. The initials are those of St. Petersburg assayer Iakov Nikolaevich Liapunov (active in St. Petersburg 1898-1904). ||maker's mark __[Cyrillic] K. FABERZHE __Struck on underside of silver base. __In Cyrillic capitals within a rectangular outline. There is a small, indistinct triangular shape that could be the Imperial Warrant. This would be consistent with other published objects marked [Latin] AR. See Postnikova-Loseva, 1983, no. 1320. ||maker's mark __[Latin] AR __Struck on underside of silver base. __Initials are within a square and there appear to be no dots or other marks. This mark has been attributed to unknown workmaster AR rather than Anna Ringe. ||scratch mark __6882 __Scratched on underside of silver base. __Appears below the maker's mark and above the assayer's mark and silver standard. The loop of the 6 is indistinct, but is distinct under magnification. ||scratch mark __1809/26 __Scratched on underside of foot, above and right of maker's mark. __This seems to be Hammer's inventory mark. The code R.H 1809/26 appears on the base of the Hammer Galleries description in the object file. ||import mark __[Swan facing left within an oval] __Struck twice on underside of foot. __This mark was established in France on 29 June 1893 to mark objects made of precious metals imported into France from countries which had not established commercial treaties with France or on objects sold through public sales with unknown or hard to distinguish standard or maker's marks.
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"Fabergé Rediscovered"