These miniature frames are exact
copies of frames made by Fabergé in the
St. Petersburg workshop, the difference being
that these are not made in precious metals or
set with real gems...each frame has either a
golden ribbon or a silken cord with which it
can be hung on your Christmas tree. Additionally,
two of the frames have stands attached so that
they can be displayed year round in your collection.
The third frame has its own easel on which it
sits for display purposes. The existing pictures
are members of the Royal Family of Russia but
the frames open so the pictures can be replaced
with your own. The work on these frames is so
delicate and so highly detailed that one can
only marvel at the workmanship. What strikes
me as I study them is that these were made today;
there are still people who can do this unbelievably
exquisite work, and if this is the case, why
then is there so little of it?
A. The Oval Frame: 24 karat
gold plated with a translucent blue enamel guilloché
ground.The face of the frame has gold ribs in
alternate widths and the photograph is circled
in Austrian crystals each individually set.
The frame is crowned with a triple loop gold
"ribbon" bow in which is set a single
ruby crystal. It is important to mention that
the back of the frame is finished as beautifully
as the front in a striated sunburst design.
Even the easel stand on which the frame rests
is handsomely decorated.
Our price: $110.00.
Of interest: this frame was originally made
in 1890 by Workmaster Johan Victor Aarne in
St, Petersburg, Russia.
B. The Bell Shaped Frame:
24 karat gold plated with translucent enamel
guilloché ground in pale green over a
sunburst pattern. The oval inner frame is here
set with Austrian crystals. The original was
set with diamonds. Elsewhere on the frame, where
originally it was set with pearls, there are
amethyst crystals. The apex of the frame is
a triple looped gold "ribbon" bow
in which is set a single citrine crystal. It
is important to mention that the back of the
frame is finished as meticulously as the face
of the frame, in a striated sunburst design.
This frame also has an easel stand handsomely
Our price: $110.00.
Of interest: the frame was originally made
in 1900 by Workmaster Johan Victor Aarne in
St. Petersburg, Russia.
C. The Square Frame with Easel:
24 karat gold plated with a translucent enamel
guilloché in emerald green ground over
the swag engraved base. The inner frame is rimmed
in gold. A triple looped gold "ribbon"
bow crowns the frame, the gold swag beneath
it set with pearls. The silken cord for hanging
can be removed when the frame is sitting on
Our price: $139.00.