before 1899
Decorative Arts
gold, enamel, ivory, glass
St. Petersburg, Russia
Overall: 3 3/8 × 2 7/8 × 3/8 in. (8.57 × 7.3 × 0.95 cm)
The frame is decorated in steel-gray moiré guilloché enamel, applied with scroll, staff, and cartouche motifs, and has an inner bead-and-dart border and ovolo outer border. It contains a photograph (added later) of a pastel portrait of Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna executed in 1903 by Friedrich von Kaulbach, which hung in the Maple Drawing Room in the Alexander Palace.
Fabergé, early initials of workmaster Mikhail Perkhin, assay mark of St. Petersburg before 1899, 56 zolotnik, scratched inventory number 45843. (The frame must predate the portrait, as the series of four pastels of the Grand Duchess by von Kaulbach was done on their visit to Darmstadt in 1903.)
Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt
Fabergé Revealed, Palace Museum, Beijing, China, April 16 - July 17, 2016

Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, June 20 – September 27, 2015

Fabergé Revealed, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 14, 2014 - May 25, 2015

Fabulous Fabergé, Jeweler to the Czars, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, June 14 - October 12, 2014

Fabergé Revealed, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, June 22 - September 29, 2013

Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, Detroit Institute of Art, October 14, 2012 - January 21, 2013

Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of Fabergé, coinciding with Fabergé in America, Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 12 - April 18, 1996, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, May 25 - July 28, 1996, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, August 24 - November 10, 1996, New Orleans Museum of Art, December 7, 1996 - February 8, 1997, Cleveland Museum of Art, March 12 - May 11, 1997

Collector of the Year, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, February 6 - March 13, 1983.
Von Habsburg, Géza, et al. Fabergé Revealed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. New York: Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc., with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2011. Exhibition catalog. (cat. no.122, illus p. 227).

Lesley, Parker. Faberge. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1976. (cat. no. 160, illus p. 77).
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