Faberge Silver 84 Wood Pair Photograph Frames, Workmaster Anders Nevalainen 1900
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Faberge Silver 84 Wood Pair Photograph Frames, Workmaster Anders Nevalainen 1900:
Fabergé Silver 84Wood Pair of Photograph Frames, Workmaster Anders (Antti) Nevalainen, St. Petersburg, circa 1900 In Neoclassical taste, thewood panels applied with chased stylizedsilver decorations every applied part marked (except two round one's) Dimensions: 22.5 x 14.1 x 1.4 cm. (8.8 x 5.5 x 0.5") Inner dimensions: 13 x 8.3 cm. (5.1 x 3.2") Marker's mark: A.N (Anders Nevalainen) Postnikova-Losseva, p.187, # 1482 Mark of Faberge, p. 183, #1320 Hallmark of St.petersburg p.259. # 3885, 3886 Condition: light wear The glass is not of the time, the supports were replaced ca. 50-70 years ago The frames were purchased at BEN-AMI ENDRES sales, sale: 214, 13 Idelson St., Tel-Aviv At this sale were sold also two other lots of Faberge from collection of old jewish-russian family
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Fabergé was always interested in the aesthetic qualities of wood and the overall decorative appeal it provided to his objects. Over 20 different varieties of indigenous and tropical woods Fabergé's workshops were known to have used.Anders (Antti) Nevalainen's St. Petersburg workshop was particularly well known for its skillful mounting of beautifully figured woods. On the firm's designs in wood, see Kieran McCarthy, "Forgotten Fabergé," The Antique Dealers and Collectors Guide, May-June 2004, pp. 40-42.Anders (Antti) Juhaninpoika Nevalainen (1858-1933)was born in Pielisjärvi, Finland, and traveled to St. Petersburg in 1875 as a journeyman.He began his career as a goldworker, then became a master goldsmith, and was soon employed by August Holmström.Eventually, he openedhis own workshop producing exclusively for the firm of Fabergé.