A FABERGÉ BEE BROOCH SET WITH TIGERS EYE, DIAMONDS AND ENAMEL
Russia, St. Petersburg, circa 1885-1890, FABERGÉ, AUGUST FREDERICK HOLLMING
56 Zolotnik (18K red gold), stamped and silver, tested. Fabergé signatur in Cyrillic, WMZ: A H for August Frederick Hollming. 61 old-cut diamond, altogether circa 2.25 carats, CR (K-L), SI1-2-3. 2 tiny cabochon-cut rubies of circa 0.07 carats. 1 round cabochon-cut tigers eye of circa 5.98 carats. Brown translucent enamel.
Circa 4.4 x 4.6 cm. Circa 20.6 g.
August Frederick Hollming (Loppi, 3.12.1854 - 4.3.1913 Helsinki) was apprenticed to the goldsmith Karl Fridholf Ekholm in Helsinki in 1870. In 1876, his name was registered as a goldsmith in the parish register of St. Mary in St. Petersburg. In 1880 he qualified as a master. He worked in his own workshop at 35 Kazanskaya Street, before moving to Fabergés new company premises in 24 Bolshaya-Morskaya Street in 1900. Hollming made very fine enamelled gold and jewelled cigarette cases.
Literature: Fabergé Hofjuwelier der Zaren, München, 1986, p. 326.