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Urn with Cover

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Description This tureen-shaped urn is carved of nephrite, a green jade much favored by the Fabergé firm. Enormous nephrite boulders had been discovered along the Onot River in eastern Siberia in 1851. A pair of loving doves in pavé-set diamonds and a cupid's bow and arrows in green and red gold--both motifs associated with the French 18th-century master François Boucher--are mounted on the urn's cover. Suspended from alternating diamonds and rubies are yellow gold garlands with red gold ties. Rows of diamonds, interspersed at intervals with rubies, line the rim of the urn. This piece is of exceptional quality and may, in fact, be an imperial commission.
Date Description Narrative
2/01/1988Examinationexamined for condition
10/08/1992Examinationexamined for loan
  • Fabergé. The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris; Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 1993-1994.
  • Objects of Vertu: Precious Works of the Eighteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • The Fabergé Menagerie. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Portland Art Museum, Portland. 2003-2004.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
  • Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire's Legacy . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2017-2018.
Provenance Alexandre Polovtsoff (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Polovtsov), Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929-1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929-1930

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early 20th century
nephrite, gold, rubies, diamonds
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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H: 3 3/4 × W: 3 7/8 × D: 2 7/16 in. (9.5 × 9.8 × 6.2 cm); Urn H: 2 × W: 3 7/8 × D: 2 7/16 in. (5.1 × 9.8 × 6.2 cm); Lid H: 1 3/4 × W: 1 9/16 × D: 2 15/16 in. (4.4 × 3.9 × 7.4 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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