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Philadelphus c. 1900

Rock crystal, gold, nephrite, quartzite, demantoid garnets | 14.2 x 7.0 x 9.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 40252

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A design for philadelphus, closely related to this example, exists in an unpublished album of designs from Henrik Wigström’s workshop. Philadelphus, or mock orange, was well known to inhabitants of Russia – particularly in the region of St Petersburg where during the early part of July its intoxicating scent filled gardens and wafted through open windows of dachas and estates. The popularity of the flower explains why several examples were made by Fabergé. Marked Fabergé in Cyrillic characters Text adapted from Fabergé in the Royal Collection