Russia, St. Petersburg
Fabergé firm, Anders Nevalainen gold and silverware workshop
Silver, ivory, glass; enamel over guilloche, casting, presswork, gold-plating
Diameter 5.9 cm
Marks: "FABERGÉ", "A.N"; tee of St Petersburg District Assat department 1899-1908; alloy mark "88"
Round silver table frame with an ornately shaped kickstand on the back side, covered with an ivory plate. The frame is covered with transparent dark blue enamel on guilloche background. Its upper side is decorated with a bowknot and waving ribbons. The frame external edge is decorated with a corrugated ribbon, the inner edge - outlining the round medallion for the photograph or miniature, is decorated with a band of pearl beads.
The frame features a colour photocopy of the portrait of Queen Olga of Greece (1851-1926) – granddaughter of Russian Emperor Nicholas I (1829-1855), the wife of King George I of Greece (1845 - 1913) who reigned in the period from 1863 to 1913.
A similar ladle made after the rough sketch of a professional artist in the workshops of the Imperial Stroganov School was on the display among the works from the School at the exhibition in Turin (Italy) in 1911. The ladle is especially valuable due to its enamelled decoration which reproduces the most ancient technique of artistic cloisonne enamel traditional for Russian art. It is made in the enamel technique pioneering for the beginning of the 20th century – the technique of melted enamels which was quite rare both in Russia and in the Western Europe in the beginning of the 20th century, as masters working with enamelling were just beginning to familiarize themselves with this method.