Faberge umbrella saved from car boot sale

Umbrella with a handle by M. Perchin. Faberge Jewellery House. 1886–1903. Bowenite

The woman had been given the treasure by her mother-in-law but kept it hidden in a cupboard without realising the handle was the work of a Russian master jeweller. It was only when she had a clear-out and took a few items to the jeweller Jethro Marles, that she realised its true value. She had been planning to either give the items to a charity shop or sell them at a car boot sale. Mr Marles says, “She had no idea what it was worth so when I said it was worth at least £15,000, she was gobsmacked.”

The umbrella has the mark of Michail Perchin (1860–1903), a craftsman at the House of Faberge who worked closely with Faberge himself to revive the technique of guilloche enamelling. The green ball at the end of the umbrella’s handle was made of bowenite, a jade substitute.

The umbrella is being auctioned in the city of Exeter, Devonshire on January 28 by auction houses Bearnes and Hampton and Littlewood. According to Mr. Marles it was rare to find a genuine Faberge handle as so many fakes were on the market. “This is a very good example of Faberge work and an exciting proposition for buyers, and Russian collectors in particular,” the antiquarian said.

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