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Offline Massine

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Help With History of Figurine
« on: January 04, 2009, 01:29:38 PM »
I hope someone can help with identifying and guiding me to finding out the history of this object.
I worked on a Russian Nutcracker in which the designer copied a Faberge figurine.    We called it the "Bagpipe Doll".   I saw this object in the Kremlin Museum.  It was gold or at least gold colored and stood about three feet tall. 



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Re: Help With History of Figurine
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2009, 03:36:19 PM »
Attention Massine:  Did you see this figure in the Armoury of the Moscow Kremlin?  What was the year?  Do you recall which room/gallery?  Regards,  AP

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Re: Help With History of Figurine
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2009, 03:44:53 PM »
Circa 97.   The museum room had glass cases with plates (not dishes), candle sticks, urns all silver and gold (at least in color).  I believe it was the same room that had Faberge Eggs (those that had remained in Russia).
Sorry for my poor memory.  We crammed a lot in, in a short period of time.
The object was about three feet tall.  I've only seen pics of the Faberge object which was obviously a smaller version copy of this object.
I've always been curious as to the historical significance of this item.

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Re: Help With History of Figurine
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2009, 03:57:43 PM »
Attention:  "Massine" :    Thank you for your rapid response.  The reason that I asked the year was to possibly determine if the figure was included a "special exhibit."  I have personally been to the Armoury 2 times since your visit.  Unfortunately I do not recall such a figure, but as you have indicated there is an overwhelming amount to see, and the remarkable Diamond Fund display has a tendency to overshadow all else in memory!  I cannot recall ever seeing a Faberge object'art of this kind, though he did indeed make some rather fantasy items.  Possibly it is a caricature/allegory depiction of a folk tale or fairy tale personage.  Should I encounter any reference to this object,  I'll be certain to post.  Happy New Year to you and yours,   AP
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Re: Help With History of Figurine
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2009, 04:13:43 PM »
And thank you Aleksandr Pavlovich!  I hope I get this mystery sovled before too long.
Happy New Year to you and yours!

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Re: Help With History of Figurine
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2009, 04:51:30 AM »
I don't know if this will help with your research or not but Faberge did historical figures also. As an example I found this:  Keep in Mind that Empress Alexandra of Russia was Queen Victoria's granddaughter while the czar was a colonel-in-chief of the Royal Scots Greys. Could this be the key to the figure with bagpipes?
Example below of a figure that Faberge made!


FABERGE STYLE RUSSIAN FIGURE Faberge style Russian figure, carved hardstone and gold decoration. Figure of nobleman (boyarin) with staff. Marked: WG 10249. Size: 5 3/4"H, staff 4 1/2"L. Condition: good. Provenance: Estate of Gertrude A. Mellon. Note: see pl. 110 Bainbridge, Peter Carl Faberge, Spring Books, 1971 ed. for identical figure by Faberge. (530).

http://www.dargate.com/248_auction/248_images/1160.jpg
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Re: Help With History of Figurine
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2009, 07:04:52 AM »
Yes (adding to my previous comments), the  Faberge firm indeed made a number of small natural-colored " hardstone " folk-type contemporary and historical figures (the largest and most famous one being a noted female "Gypsy" singer), which are among his firm's most notable creations.  I have personally seen quite a few, but I have never seen a "bagpiper " and would be very interested to see such, should a photo show up.  These can be difficult many times to clearly identify as "Faberge", as they were not always marked/signed. (When marked, they were usually marked on the gold mountings or on the bottom of the figure by engraving.)  By the way, these type figures are still made in Germany, I believe, and in other places in varying quality, in the "Faberge-style."  You will note that this figure (a historical boyar) in the auction referred to above, is described as being in the "Faberge-style."   They offer a comparison from the Bainbridge book, but I wonder if they authenticated THIS item?   Regards,  AP
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