Fabergé Imperial Silver-Mounted Bowenite Bell Push
Workmaster Michael Perchin, St. Petersburg, circa 1897, scratched inventory number 52729
Diamond-shaped, with concave sides, the top with a cabochon garnet push-piece centering intersecting ribbon-tied caducei, the silver base raised on paw feet. Width 2 3/5 inches (6.5 cm).
Purchased by Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna from Fabergé on July 8, 1897 for 62 rubles.
I.A. Soboleva, Products of the Fabergé Firm from the Late 19th to Early 20th Century in the Collection of the Pavlovsk State Museum Preserve, St. Petersburg (2013), no. 690, p. 90.
Records indicate that the present bell push was one of seven objects which the Dowager Empress purchased from Fabergé on July 8, 1897. Her purchases, which totaled 687 rubles, also included an enameled cigarette case, a gold cigarette holder, and an enameled sardonyx charka.
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