Flower Study of Forget-Me-Nots

Flower Study of Forget-Me-Nots

c. 1885-1915

maker

House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842-1918)

Turquoise, diamonds, rock crystal, silver gilt

Overall: 8.9 x 3.1 cm (3 1/2 x 1 1/4 in.)

The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.444

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Fun Fact

The stems of Fabergé’s flower studies are set into little basins carved from rock crystal to resemble pots of water.

Description

These delicate flowers, resembling a bouquet of forget-me-nots, are composed of finely rounded turquoise stones set around rose-cut diamonds on silver-gilt stems placed in rock crystal pots. Fabergé’s inspiration for his flower studies is said to have come from the floral brooches of precious stones that were made in the 1700s for Catherine the Great as well as from the Japanese art of flower arranging, known as ikebana. Fabergé’s flower studies were given as intimate gifts to friends by the tsarina and others in the court. She also liked to take them around to wherever the imperial family was residing as a reminder of spring during the harsh Russian winters.

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