Russian Metal Artworks

Carnet de bal with ivory plates and pencil

    Carnet de bal with ivory plates and pencil

    Russian Empire, Saint-Petersburg


    Fabergé firm, Anders Nevalainen gold and silverware workshop

    Silver, ivory; engraving, vermeiling

    7.0 х 4.5 cm

    Marks: "К.ФАБЕРЖЕ", "AN"; tee of St. Petersburg district Assay office in 1899-1908; silver alloy "88"


    Silver rectangular "Carnet de bal" consists of two lids that are connected by a hinge and two side loops. A pencil is inserted in those loops. The surface of "Carnet de bal" is decorated with narrow vertical stripes, the hinge – with horizontal stripes. A round medallion with carved monogram "СЛ" is on the top lid. The loop with a ring for handing on the chatelaine is on the hinge. Thin ivory plates are inside the "Carnet de bal".

    Carne (fr.) - Ladies' note-book for the ball, in which she wrote the order of dances and the names of those to whom they were promised. Traditionally rectangular carne was a small, flat case containing ivory plates and a pencil. It was often attached to the chatelaine. Such tiny notebooks existed in Russia in XVIII - XIX centuries (See .: Zabozlaeva T.B. "Jewellery in Russian culture of XVIII - XX centuries": Dictionary, St. Petersburg, 2003. p. 190)