Fabergé fever! The chance to own rare Fabergé flowers could be ‘the ultimate trophy’ for Russians ahead of the World Cup


Two rare Fabergé flowers – newly discovered in London – which showcase ‘the very best of Fabergé genius’ are expected to make hundreds of thousands of pounds at auction on Monday (June 11).


And it’s likely the flowers, made thanks to the inventiveness and skill of Russian goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé, may go back to their roots as interest is high from Russia.


Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons London which is selling the flowers, said: “In the last few days I have been in London’s Mayfair hosting a private viewing of these beautiful objects with Russian oligarchs. We also held an exclusive viewing at Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham.


“There is great excitement and interest. These two flower studies from the late Lady Juliet Duff’s personal collection provide a unique opportunity to acquire not only the very best of Fabergé’s creative genius but some of the rarest masterpieces of the goldsmith’s art ever to be offered at auction.


“The World Cup is soon to kick off in Russian (June 14) but I think this could be the ultimate trophy for any Russian deeply proud of their country’s artistic heritage.”


Mr Hanson, 40, a familiar face on TV’s Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip, has called the discovery of the two rare Fabergé flowers his most significant find ever.


The elegant ornaments, found wrapped in a tea towel inside a shoe box, were taken along to Hansons London’s valuation office in Hampton Court Village after their owner saw a £1m Faberge flower uncovered by TV’s Antiques Roadshow in March.


The newly discovered botanical studies are expected to fetch up to £500,000 when they go auction at the Normansfield Theatre, Teddington. (June 11).


Mr Hanson said: “A lady came along carrying a humble cardboard box. Inside, wrapped in an old tea towel, was the holy grail of what an auctioneer can expect only in their wildest of dreams –  not one, but two, Fabergé flowers.


“There was great excitement when I realised what we were assessing. The two botanical studies, created by Fabergé in Imperial Russia, were crafted in the early 20th century, circa 1907-1910, and are six inches long.  These are ‘objects de fantaisie’, simply made for guests to admire.


“The enormity of such finds cannot be under estimated. Such works are the rarest of Fabergé’s craftsmanship. Only about 80 of Fabergé’s botanical studies are known to have survived with the majority in the Queen’s Royal Collection.


“One of the flowers is a Fabergé barberry bush with purpurine berries and jade leaves demonstrates breathtaking luxury. It’s chased and engraved gold stem sits within a carved rock crystal vase ‎appearing to be half full of water. It is extraordinarily delicate with rich, soft red berries so real they could ‎drop any time on ripening


“The other flower takes the form of a highly naturalistic morning glory blossom on a jade jardinière and aventurine quartz stand. ‎The gold flowers, enamelled white with shades of pale pink and lilac, are inset with ‘dew drops’ of diamonds. A bud is bursting to open and flower. The leaves are carved Siberian jade nephrite. Fabergé’s creations are truly still-life jewels.


“The British royal family led the fashion for Fabergé and its glittering clientele included aristocrats and socialites. The most important collection of Fabergé flowers is The Royal Collection. It was started by Queen Alexandra and has been added to by Queen Mary, the Queen Mother and the Prince of Wales.”


The flowers being sold by Hansons were once the property of Lady Juliet Duff (1881-1965). Her mother, the Marchioness of Ripon (1859-1917), was a notable customer at Fabergé in London and Lady Juliet inherited most of her remarkable collection from her.


Owing to her noble heritage Lady Juliet was a well know figure in royal, artistic and musical circles. She was a friend to playwrights Oscar Wilde and Terence Rattigan, the poet Maurice Baring, the author Hilaire Belloc and the Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Lady Juliet was also a familiar face at court and was a close friend of King George V and Queen Mary.


The two Fabergé flowers will be sold on June 11 at 7.30pm at Hansons London saleroom, the Normansfield Theatre, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS. To find out more about the sale, email enquiries@hansonslondon.co.uk or charleshanson@hansonsauctioneers.



Caption credit: Hansons/www.pictoriapictures.com


The two Fabergé flowers could together be worth £500,000. (various images)


The flowers were wrapped in a tea towel.


Charles Hanson with the delicate blooms.


The Fabergé flowers will be sold by Hansons on June 11.


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Panel: The Genius of Carl Fabergé


Fabergé is a name renowned throughout the world for quality, craftsmanship and ingenuity.


Peter Carl Fabergé, a Russian jeweller born in 1846, crafted items that were so ingenious they dazzled and delighted royalty in Russia and around the world. He is universally renowned as the greatest Russian jeweller and goldsmith of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Such was the creativity and intricacy of design, the astonishing use of the finest materials and gem stones, no one had seen anything like them before. Moving away from traditional jewellery, he created ‘Objects de Fantaisie and, of course, the famous Faberge eggs.


In 1885 Russian Tsar Alexander III wanted to surprise his wife, Empress Marie Fedorovna, with something special. At Easter, he presented her with a deceptively simple-looking egg that started, the Hen Egg.

The next Auction is

Saturday 24th March – Fine Art & Antiques Auction
Starts at 12noon

Viewing: Saturday 24th March – 9.15am to 12noon
Closing date for entries: Friday 9th March

Tel: 0208 979 7954
Email: enquiries@hansonslondon.co.uk

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The packed saleroom at the Normansfield Theatre, Teddington, during Hansons London’s debut auction

The next free Jewellery & Silver valuation day In Molesey,
is on Friday 16th at 77 Bridge Road – with Kate Bliss

Hansons London has unearthed an incredibly rare Beatles-related find.
It’s a repress of The Quarrymen record, one of only 50 produced by Paul McCartney for friends and family.

The Quarrymen, a group formed by John Lennon in Liverpool in 1956, evolved into the Beatles.

Buy the item at Hansons London’s March 24 auction, estimate £8,000-£12,000.

The sale will be held at the Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS,  with viewing from 9am on March 24.

To find out more, call 020 8979 7954.

Own a piece of cinema history! Chairs from the first ever Harry Potter film up for auction

Two vintage red velvet armchairs from the first ever Harry Potter film are coming up for auction – giving Potter fans across the world the chance to own a piece of cinema history.

The Harry Potter books and films have been a worldwide phenomenon. Six of the series of eight films are among the 50 highest-grossing films of all time, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 grossing more than $1 billion.

The atmospheric armchairs, used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2001, will be sold at auction by Hansons London on Saturday, March 24, with an estimate of £1,000-£2,000.

The London seller, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “They chairs were used in Gryffindor’s common room. I purchased them some years ago from a major film set props company. They are two from a set of four.”

Potter fans will know that wizard Godric Gryffindor was one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a brave character created by Harry Potter author J K Rowling.

Gryffindor’s common room features in an aerial shot in the film and is predominantly red featuring around seven of the red armchairs as well as a sofa. The chairs look old and worn but comfortable – which they are.

“Once you know what you are looking for you can easily distinguish them when you are watching the film,” said the vendor.

“I would love to see the chairs go to a huge Harry Potter fan, perhaps to someone in Japan where the films and books are particularly huge.”

Chris Kirkham, Hansons London associate director, said: “This is a wonderful – and rare – opportunity for Harry Potter fans. It’s not often props like this from such a famous film become available to buy. I am sure Potter super fans all over the world would love the chance to own something that has played its part in cinema history.

“It’s incredible to think that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published 21 years ago in 1997 with a first print run of just 500 copies.

“The series of seven novels has now sold more than 450 million copies worldwide in 79 languages and sparked the blockbuster movie franchise, which began with the film these chairs appeared in back in 2001. We expect a fierce contest at auction.”

The two chairs from the film set of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be sold at Hansons London March 24 auction at The Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre, 2 A Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS. The estimate is £1,000-£2,000 and the auction begins at noon. People can bid in person, in advance or online via www.the-saleroom.com. To find out more, call 020 8979 7954

or email ckirkham@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk