Lot No. 179 (89th Auction)
Fabergé / Workmaster Victor Mayer, Pforzheim / Paul Gerber, Zurich, Ref. F-1829, Cal. 12, Height 245 mm, circa 1999 - 2001

An exquisite diamond- and sapphire-studded gold enamel "Moon Phase Egg Clock" with digital jumping hour, three dimensional moon phase and musical movement with the tune of Claude Debussy’s "Clair de Lune" - produced in a small limited edition of only 12 pieces for Baselworld in 2001 - with original box and accessories
Case: 18k gold and white gold, brillant-cut diamonds, sapphires, onyx, rose quartz, rock crystal and enamel. Egg-shaped, square black onyx base in a yellow gold framework housing the clock and musical movements. Each of the four sides with an oval engine-turned and translucent blue enamel panel set with a central brilliant-cut diamond, front panel hinged to conceal the winding aperture; the right-hand panel activates the music when the diamond is pressed. Waving rose quartz base with musical movement, diamond-studded gold bands; bottom part of the egg with engine-turned pattern and translucent lightblue enamelling, diamond-studded hand indicating the hours and above horizontal double band. Upper part of the egg made of a carved rock crystal dome. Dial: rock crystal glazed aperture with champlevé enamel revolving chapter ring for the jumping Arabic hours. Also in the dome is a gold disc with Arabic minutes and five-minute divisions set with round blue sapphires. A dark blue enamelled "starry sky" with inlaid golden stars and signs of the zodiac, central gold hand. Central celestial globe studded with black onyx and brillant-cut diamonds to indicate day and night. Movm.: bridge pendulet movement, 8-day power reserve, keywind, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, twin barrel, 15 jewels, screw compensation balance, index spring fine adjusting device. Musical movement: bridge movement, gilt, pinned barrel with steel vibrating blades.

"The Moon Phase Clock Egg is the most lavish egg creation produced for Fabergé since the October Revolution. The craftspeople at Victor Mayer (Mayer himself had been Fabergé's last workmaster) worked for more than 18 months to create this master piece in a series of 12 copies only - and the outcome sets new standards in the art of watchmaking as well as in goldsmith's art. The Moon Phase Clock Egg does not only live up to the highest aesthetic demands set by the legendary Peter Carl Fabergé himself, it also continues his tradition of "objets de fantasie" in a technically sophisticated and exquisitely beautiful style.
This masterpiece, which is 24,5 cm high, is the first art deco style "egg object" by Fabergé; the famous jeweller to the Tsar himself had begun to design his objects in this reduced language of form, however, this is the first of the exquisite easter eggs that has been conceived in this modern art style."
Source: Press release, Jewellery Manufacture Victor Mayer, Pforzheim, 2001

Peter Carl Fabergé (1846 - 1920)
Fabergé, also known as "Karl Gustavovich Fabergé" was a Russian jeweller, best known for the famous Fabergé eggs, made in the style of genuine Easter eggs, but using precious metals and gemstones rather than more mundane materials.
Upon the death of Hiskias Pendin in 1882, Carl Fabergé took sole responsibility for running the company. Carl was awarded the title Master Goldsmith, which permitted him to use his own hallmark in addition to that of the firm. Carl Fabergé's reputation was so high that the normal three-day examination was waived. His brother, Agathon, an extremely talented and creative designer, joined the business from Dresden, where he had also possibly studied at the Arts and Crafts School.
Carl and Agathon were a sensation at the Pan-Russian Exhibition held in Moscow in 1882. Carl was awarded a gold medal and the St. Stanisias Medal. One of the Fabergé pieces displayed was a replica of a 4th-century BC gold bangle from the Scythian Treasure in the Hermitage. The Tsar declared that he could not distinguish the Fabergé's work from the original and ordered that objects by the House of Fabergé should be displayed in the Hermitage as examples of superb contemporary Russian craftsmanship. The House of Fabergé with its range of jewels was now within the focus of Russia's Imperial Court.
In 1885, Tsar Alexander III gave the House of Fabergé the title 'Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown'.
The Tsar also commissioned the company to make an Easter egg as a gift for his wife, the Empress Maria. The Tsar placed an order for another egg the following year. However, from 1887, Carl Fabergé was apparently given complete freedom with regard to design, which then become more and more elaborate. According to the Fabergé Family tradition, not even the Tsar knew what form they would take: the only stipulation was that each one should contain a surprise. The next Tsar, Nicholas II, ordered two eggs each year, one for his mother and one for his own wife, Alexandra. The tradition continued until the October Revolution.
Source:​3%A9, as of 03/17/2014.

Fabergé in the 20th and 21st century
After a long break Fabergé’s tradition was renewed in the years 1989-2009 by jewellery manufacture Victor Mayer in Pforzheim, which at the time was the only licensed maker for Fabergé. During this period of time pieces of art were created using traditional methods of craftsmanship that have become very rare today.
The re-launch of Fabergé in Russia was celebrated at Easter on April 12, 2001 with a gala at the Kremlin Armoury. Amongst the exhibits in the Armoury is the so-called "Moon Phase Egg", which is the most lavish of the egg objects workmaster Victor Mayer created for Fabergé. It took the artists more than 18 months to finish the egg; it shows the moon phases in a dome of cut rock crystal and the hours in a small rock crystal window.
Source:​3%A9, as of 03/17/2014
Estimate  200,000 - 250,000 €

Price Realised  248,000 €
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