"Thanks Tom. An update. The porcelain egg is indeed an Imperial one - very honest, good condition - milky white and beautiful with no chips or cracks. The larger egg is papier mache and certainly 19th century, can't see a mark, but probably…"
"Thanks. Good point about tracking down Sotheby's lot numbers. I wonder whether there has been a publication or research on this? I know someone did something on British Library accession labels on books a while ago, which was an interesting…"
"A good start to answering these questions is Nicholson Baker's Double Fold. Written in the transition between microfilm and the digital age, it raises a number of highly pertinent questions about how the role of newspapers in forging and…"
Dear All,I was most pleased to get hold of these three lovely Russian eggs. A certain seasonal symmetry to it all. The two papier-mâché eggs are mid-late 19th century and probably by the Lukutin factory (I have yet to receive them for closer inspection). The porcelain white egg is an Imperial presentation egg circa 1913 given to relative and acquaintances by the Czarina Alexandra Feodorovna (it is her cipher in gilt). The larger of the two eggs has a crack, but the other two are in pretty good…See More
"I hope you're right. This would have been a custom piece from the 19th century, so you would expect hand-cut dovetails, etc. But I think you'll see what I mean about carving quality if you compare these two pictures, yours and one from the…"
"It has a great look. But I wouldn't be convinced without more serious examination that it is a period piece, and not a 19th century repro. The carving quality is not what I would expect, nor the apparent age of wood. But of course this is based…"
Peter, when make some comments in the bar above where you type the retangle black box with a circle in it that is for adding photos directly into the writing so you do not have to make links at the below the typing
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Peter, welcome to the antique furniture group, I see you have started a discussion and posted a pic, so you are doing good!. welcome to a new bigger family.
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