Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Picture frame

House of Carl Fabergé
Workmaster: Karl Gustav Hjalmar Armfelt (Finn, working in Russia)
Russian, Saint Petersburg
Nephrite, silver mounts
Overall: 7 1/4 x 4 15/16 in. (18.4 x 12.5 cm)
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Gift of Louise and David Braver, 2008
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
These three picture frames are part of a gift to the Museum of twenty-four frames made in the Moscow and Saint Petersburg workshops of the famous House of Carl Fabergé by the several brilliant and talented jewelers the firm attracted in the decades around the turn of the twentieth century. The divergent framing devices for the then-popular medium of presentation portrait photography were among the firm’s most sought-after creations, and this group of frames covers nearly the entire spectrum of techniques, materials, and imaginative shapes Fabergé offered his affluent clientele. As the Romanov dynasty’s favorite artisan, Fabergé made objects that accompanied members of the Russian high aristocracy from cradle to grave. Besides the fanciful examples illustrated here, two of which are decorated with the
group includes frames of a highly personal character that use Russian native materials such as semiprecious stones from the Ural Mountains and local woods, all embellished with silver and gold. Many of the frames in this outstanding collection have been exhibited around the world to document the international éclat of the House of Fabergé, which ceased to exist soon after the outbreak of the Russian Revolution in 1917.
Marking: Signed: Fabergé; initials of workmaster; assay mark of St. Petersburg; assay master A. Romanov; silver mark: 88 (zolotnik)
Louise and David Braver (until 2008; to MMA)
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