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Handle: 7.6 cm (3 in.)
Gift of the Hiller-Borneman Collection 2021.157
The history of the palmette, a motif resembling fan-shaped palm leaves, can be traced back to ancient Egypt.
Fabergé drew upon different historical styles and applied them to the same object type with a consistently high level of finesse. The holder for this tea glass incorporates a range of classicizing ornamental designs from the turn of the nineteenth century, such as the Greek key pattern on the horizontal bands and the intermittent palmettes.
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