announced results of A Selection of Faberge Masterpieces from The Harry Woolf Collection which took place live today at Christies London.
The pre-sale low estimate was more than doubled with competitive bidding in the room and online throughout the sale. At closing the auction had attracted successful buyers from more than 18 countries and 4 continents. Competitive bidding from Russian clients both in the sale room and online today was seen in particular on the hardstone animals and works in Russian style. Christies welcomed clients from around the world to the sale room today while 21% of successful buyers were based in Russia.
The selection comprised 86 pieces from Mr. Woolfs extraordinary Fabergé collection which he personally composed over a period of nearly fifty years, from the 1970s until 2019.
Alexis de Tiesenhausen, International Head of the Russian Art Department, and Margo Oganesian, Russian Works of Art Specialist comment, The sale achieved excellent results, selling at 98% and double the overall pre-sale estimate which is testament to Harry Woolfs incredible collection and his dedication to only collecting the very finest examples of Fabergé during his lifetime. It is very rare to see a single owner collection of Fabergé of such breadth and quality come to the market and the global interest shown today, along with the competitive bidding is indicative of the continued fascination in the House of Fabergé, its unparalled craftsmanship and the caché attributed to owning a piece of such repute.
Lot 1 - A jewelled agate model of a cat by Fabergé, St Petersburg, circa 1900, in the original fitted Fabergé wooden case 2 1⁄8 in. (5.5 cm.) long. (Estimate 15,000-25,000) realised £137,500.
Lot 2 - A jewelled kalgan jasper model of a rhinoceros by Fabergé, St Petersburg, circa 1900 in the original fitted Fabergé wooden case 2 3⁄8 in. (6 cm.) long. (Estimate £20,000-30,000) realised £100,000.
Lot 5 - A large jewelled gold-mounted yellow chalcedony model of a duckling by Fabergé, workmaster Henrik Wigström, St Petersburg, 1899-1904. (Estimate £25,000-35,000) realised £137,500.
Lot 12 A jewelled gold-mounted composite hardstone model of a blue tit by Fabergé, St Petersburg, circa 1900. (Estimate £50,000-70,000) realised £150,000.
Lot 17 - A large jewelled gold-mounted agate model of a capercalzie, by Fabergé, St Petersburg, circa 1900 in the original fitted Fabergé wooden case 2 3⁄4 in. (6.9 cm.) high. (Estimate £50,000 70,000) realised £150,000.
Lot 21 - An Important jewelled gold and platinum mosaic brooch by Fabergé, St Petersburg, circa 1913, 1⅝ in. (4.3 cm.) long. (Estimate £70,000 90,000) realised £350,000 including premium, five times its low estimate.
Lot 61 A silver-mounted hardstone tray by Fabergé, workmaster Julius Rappoport, St Petersburg, 1899-1904, 6 1⁄4 in. (16 cm.) long. (Estimate £40,000-60,000) realised £162,500.