Faberge masters. Nikolai Alexandrovich Petrov

Silver table clock decorated with pearls and translucent guilloché enamel, height 10.3 cm, by Henrik Wigström, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1896-1908. From the collection of British monarchs.
Silver table clock decorated with pearls and translucent guilloché enamel, height 10.3 cm, by Nikolai Alexandrovich Petrov, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1896-1908. From the collection of British monarchs.

Faberge jewelry was often decorated with precious enamels. Guilloche enamel looked especially beautiful. In this technique, enamel is applied over a rhythmic geometric ornament finely engraved on the surface of the product, sometimes imitating the texture of a moire fabric or rays. Such a pattern is applied using a guilloche machine.

Master jewelers gave their products for enameling to a separate workshop, which was engaged only in enamel work. Most often these were cigarette cases, photo frames, call buttons, jewelry, jewelry boxes, umbrella handles. The enamel workshop of the company was headed by Nikolai Alexandrovich Petrov.

A large number of guilloché enamel jewelry from FABERGÉ is in the collection of British monarchs. Many of them were gifts from the Russian imperial house.

Rock crystal goblet on a two-tone gold stem set with diamonds and translucent guilloché enamel, height 6.8 cm, by Mikhail Perkhin, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1895. From the collection of British monarchs.
Rock crystal goblet on a two-tone gold stem set with diamonds and translucent guilloché enamel, height 6.8 cm, St. Petersburg, 1895. From the collection of British monarchs.

Thanks to the dedication of Nikolai Aleksandrovich Petrov, who developed more and more new compositions of enamels and tirelessly experimented with firing modes and the sequence of application of layers, over 500 shades of enamel were used in the works of the Faberge company, that is, as many as the enamel business had never known before or since, in Currently, the enamel palette of the most famous Italian and French companies does not exceed 60 colors.

Miniature goblet made of rock crystal on a two-tone gold stem decorated with translucent guilloché enamel, height 7.6 cm, made by Mikhail Perkhin, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1896 - 1903. From the collection of British monarchs.
Miniature goblet made of rock crystal on a two-tone gold stem decorated with translucent guilloché enamel, height 7.6 cm, 1896 – 1903. From the collection of British monarchs.
Bell button in gilded silver and gold, embellished with a moonstone and translucent red guilloché enamel, height 4 cm, by Mikhail Perkhin, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, before 1896. From the collection of British monarchs.
Bell button in gilded silver and gold, embellished with a moonstone and translucent red guilloché enamel, height 4 cm, 1896. From the collection of British monarchs.
Silver gilded umbrella handle set with diamonds and translucent pink guilloché enamel, workmaster Mikhail Perkhin, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1896-1903.
Umbrella handle set with diamonds and translucent pink guilloché enamel, 1896-1903.
Silver bell button with gilt and sapphire crystal, decorated with translucent guilloché enamel, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1899-1908.
Silver bell button with gilt and sapphire crystal, decorated with translucent guilloché enamel, 1899-1908.
Silver photo frame decorated with gilding, pearls and guilloché enamel, height 7.2 cm, Hjalmar Armfeldt, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1899-1908.
Silver photo frame decorated with gilding, pearls and guilloché enamel, height 7.2 cm, Hjalmar Armfeldt,1899-1908.
Gilded silver dish decorated with guilloché enamel, diameter 11.7 cm, Hjalmar Armfeldt, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917.
Gilded silver dish decorated with guilloché enamel, diameter 11.7 cm, Hjalmar Armfeldt, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917.
Gilded silver photo frame decorated with guilloché enamel, Hjalmar Armfeldt, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1904-1908.
Gilded silver photo frame decorated with guilloché enamel, Hjalmar Armfeldt, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1904-1908.
Bicolor gold buckle decorated with translucent plum guilloché enamel, height 6.2 cm, by Henrik Wigström, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1903-1904.
Bicolor gold buckle decorated with translucent plum guilloché enamel, height 6.2 cm, by Henrik Wigström, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1903-1904.
Gold cigarette case set with diamonds and translucent plum guilloché enamel, craftsman Henrik Wigström, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917.
Gold cigarette case set with diamonds and translucent plum guilloché enamel, craftsman Henrik Wigström, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917.
Gilded silver box with diamond button, decorated with guilloché enamel, 3.8x3.8 cm, craftsman Fyodor Afanasiev, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, circa 1910
Gilded silver box with diamond button, decorated with guilloché enamel, 3.8×3.8 cm, craftsman Fyodor Afanasiev, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, circa 1910.
Silver gilded cigarette case with a sapphire button, decorated with translucent white guilloché enamel, length 9.2 cm, craftsman Fedor Afanasiev, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1903
Silver gilded cigarette case with a sapphire button, decorated with translucent white guilloché enamel, length 9.2 cm, craftsman Fedor Afanasiev, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1903.
Silver gilded box, decorated with translucent lavender guilloché enamel, length 13.6 cm, craftsman Fyodor Afanasiev, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1899-1908.
Silver gilded box, decorated with translucent lavender guilloché enamel, length 13.6 cm, craftsman Fyodor Afanasiev, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1899-1908.
Mustache brush with ruby and sapphire embellished with translucent white guilloché enamel, 7 cm long, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917
Mustache brush with ruby and sapphire embellished with translucent white guilloché enamel, 7 cm long, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917.
Silver table clock with gilding and garnet, decorated with translucent pale lavender guilloché enamel, by Victor Aarne, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, circa 1890
Silver table clock with gilding and garnet, decorated with translucent pale lavender guilloché enamel, by Victor Aarne, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, circa 1890.
Silver bell button with gilding and garnet, decorated with translucent white guilloché enamel, craftsman Victor Aarne, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1899-1903.
Silver bell button with gilding and garnet, decorated with translucent white guilloché enamel, craftsman Nikolai Alexandrovich Petrov, St. Petersburg, 1899-1903.
Nikolai Alexandrovich Petrov Set of silver gilt buttons embellished with translucent pink guilloché enamel, 1.2 cm diameter, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, circa 1890
Set of silver gilt buttons embellished with translucent pink guilloché enamel, 1.2 cm diameter, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, circa 1890.
Nikolai Alexandrovich Petrov Silver brooch-pendant with gilt and diamonds, decorated with guilloché enamel, diameter 2.5 cm, workmaster Mikhail Perkhin, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1899-1903.
Silver brooch-pendant with gilt and diamonds, decorated with guilloché enamel, diameter 2.5 cm, workmaster Mikhail Perkhin, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1899-1903.
Nikolai Alexandrovich Petrov Tricolor gold lorgnette decorated with guilloché enamel, length 14 cm, FABERGÉ, Moscow, 1896-1908
Tricolor gold lorgnette decorated with guilloché enamel, length 14 cm, 1896-1908.
Nikolai Alexandrovich Petrov Silver gilded bowl with a silver coin of Peter the Great, decorated with pearls and matte dark blue enamel, height 10 cm, FABERGÉ, Moscow, 1908-1917.
Silver gilded bowl with a silver coin of Peter the Great, decorated with pearls and matte dark blue enamel, height 10 cm, FABERGÉ, Moscow, 1908-1917.
Nikolai Alexandrovich Petrov Silver gilded matchbox set with diamonds and guilloché enamel in alternating bands of opaque white and translucent green, length 7.9 cm, FABERGÉ, Moscow, 1899-1908.
Silver gilded matchbox set with diamonds and guilloché enamel in alternating bands of opaque white and translucent green, length 7.9 cm, FABERGÉ, Moscow, 1899-1908.
Nikolai Alexandrovich Petrov Gold egg pendant with bowenite and sapphire, decorated with red guilloché enamel, height 2.1 cm, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, circa 1900. From the collection of British monarchs.
Gold egg pendant with bowenite and sapphire, decorated with red guilloché enamel, height 2.1 cm, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, circa 1900. From the collection of British monarchs.
Nikolai Alexandrovich Petrov Gold perfume bottle decorated with pearls and translucent guilloché enamel, height 7.1 cm, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917. From the collection of British monarchs.
Gold perfume bottle decorated with pearls and translucent guilloché enamel, height 7.1 cm, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917. From the collection of British monarchs.
Nikolai Alexandrovich Petrov Table seal in gold, embellished with pearls and translucent guilloché enamel, height 5.1 cm, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1900. From the collection of British monarchs.
Table seal in gold, embellished with pearls and translucent guilloché enamel, height 5.1 cm, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1900. From the collection of British monarchs.
Nikolai Alexandrovich Petrov Table print in quartzite, carnelian and gold, decorated with translucent guilloché enamel, height 4.9 cm, by Mikhail Perkhin, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1896-1903. From the collection of British monarchs.
Table print in quartzite, carnelian and gold, decorated with translucent guilloché enamel, height 4.9 cm, by Mikhail Perkhin, FABERGÉ, St. Petersburg, 1896-1903. From the collection of British monarchs.
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