A RUSSIAN GOLD-MOUNTED NEPHRITE PEN TRAY
Probably Faberge, Russia, circa 1900, unmarked
The curved oblong nephrite tray on two scrolling nephrite feet, each end applied with a gold laurel leaf border
Length 8 1/8 in. (20,6 cm), depth 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
King George I of the Hellenes (1845-1913)
By descent in the family: sold at The Collection of King George I of the Hellenes, Christie’s, London, 24 January 2007, lot 407.
Very small chip to the inside of one leg. Good overall condition.
George was born in Copenhagen, the second son of Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg and Louise of Hesse-Kassel. He was elected King of the Hellenes in 1863, following the deposition of King Otto, and reigned until 1913. In 1867, George married Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna (1851-1926), the daughter of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich (1827-1892) and granddaughter of Emperor Nicholas I (1796-1855).
For a similar nephrite tray, see G. von Habsburg, Faberge, London, 1988, p. 158, pl. 184
A similar nephrite tray by Erik Kollin was sold for £31,250 at Sotheby’s London, 24 November 2008, lot 34
Item Nr. 5149 (Russian gold-mounted nephrite tray)