Imperial Fabergé Frame

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Last week we talked about Easter eggs by Fabergé at Hillwood Museum, so I thought you’d like to see another Fabergé item.

Mrs. Post, who developed an appreciation for Russian culture, purchased this picture frame made by Fabergé during her time in Moscow. The frame is composed of rhodonite, gold, silver, enamel, diamonds and mother-of-pearl. A picture of Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna, daughter of the last Tsar and Tsarina, is in the frame. It feels sad to look at Tatiana’s picture given the tragic fate that befell the Romanovs.

Next to the frame is a presentation box also made of rhodonite and gold, with the seal encircled in diamonds. Though it matches the frame almost exactly, it’s not by Fabergé. The maker is unknown, but it’s believed to have been made in Western Europe during the first half of the 1800s.

Sources

Hillwood Museum