Sunday, 24 September 2017

Most expensive Antiques Roadshow find is Faberge flower

The most expensive ever Antiques Roadshow find has been revealed as a Faberge flower gifted to an army regiment - and valued at £1m. Tatiana Fabergé the Swiss based great-granddaughter of Peter Carl Faberge knew it was a botanical study created by Fabergé in Imperial Russia during the early 20th century. She did a little research and found its history. A spokesman for Faberge added: "Only about 80 of Fabergé’s botanical studies are known to have survived. In the form of pear blossom in a vase, its chased and engraved gold stem is placed in in a rock crystal vase carved so it appears to be half full of water. "The six flowers of blossom are also gold which have been enamelled white with shades of pale pink. Their stamens are oxidised silver with a diamond at the centre. "The leaves are carved nephrite. Georgina, Countess of Dudley presented the study to The Queen’s Own Worcestershire Hussars, QOWH, in the early 1900s as a regimental trophy. "Three pears feature on the county’s Arms, hence the choice of pear blossom.