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On display on Level 1


commenced 1842 – 1918

manufacturer (organisation)


St Petersburg, Russia 1846 – Lausanne, Switzerland 1920


  • to Riga, Latvia in 1918.

Waterlily bowl c.1890 Place made: St Petersburg, Russia, Russia
Materials & Technique: metalwork, bowls, silver, parcel-gilt

Primary Insc: impressed on base, with maker's mark, in Russian: (Faberge, which appears below the imperial warrant)
Dimensions: 8.7 h x 16.6 w x 11.9 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Mr and Mrs James S. Ramsay through the Australian National Gallery Foundation 1991
Accession No: NGA 91.1300

Carl Fabergé took over his family’s silver and jewellery business in St Petersburg in 1870, becoming Russia’s leading jeweller and maker of small luxury objects. His workshops employed up to 500 craftsmen and produced an extensive range of luxury items in gold, silver, enamel, rock crystal, glass and precious gems and stones, designed under Fabergé’s, and his brother Agathon’s, supervision. The company’s design skills, craftsmanship and use of rare and high-quality materials were used to interpret traditional folk art forms and decorative motifs as a basis for luxurious works celebrating Russia’s culture and natural environment.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design