Fabergé Jeweled Gold-Mounted Rock Crystal Hand Seal
Apparently unmarked, circa 1890, scratched inventory number 16612
The cylindrical rock crystal body mounted with a gold coiled snake set with two cabochon ruby eyes, one end engraved with a crowned cypher, the other end with a crown. Height 2 1/4 inches (5.7 cm).
Property from a European Noble Family; sold Christie's, London, November 24, 2013, lot 212.
For a Fabergé aquamarine hand seal with a comparable gold snake-form mount, see K. Purcell, Fabergé and the Russian Jewellers, Wartski, London, 2006, pp. 65 and 76, no. 201. This hand seal was later sold as Property from a Distinguished Midwest Private Collection, Christie's, New York, April 14, 2013, lot 31.
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