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11. Lapis Lazuli and Gold Dress Cane -Ca. 1900 -Large Lapis Lazuli handle fashioned of a select single stone in a well-proportioned Derby-like Baroque shape, 18 karat yellow gold collar with hammered surface, ebony shaft and a long horn ferrule. The plain surface beautifully exposes a natural deep blue color and its perfect finish reveals the desirable, lightly dusting flecks of golden pyrite. Pleasing to the eye and with an addictive, sensuous feel to the hand, this cane has style and substance and demonstrates sophisticated cane art at its best. It is in the taste of Carl Fabergé, thought to have Russian ties and belongs to the upscale jewelry objects or Virtue. Furthermore, it epitomizes the artistic eclecticism of Imperial Russia, distills much of the follies of the Romanov days and exudes the essence of luxury. According to the previous owner this cane remained until the end 1970’s an inalienable diplomat’s family treasure, handed down through two generations, and is in pristine condition. -H. 4 ¾” x 2 ¼”, O.L. 33 ½” -$2,500-$3,500 -Lapis lazuli was always highly prized: In Mesopotamia this blue stone symbolized the heavens and so was used to decorate the ceilings of temples. In Egypt it was used to adorn statues of the gods, while in Europe, viewed as a cure for melancholy and fever, it was reserved for the very wealthy people and one of Fabergé’s favorite precious stones. -Much like the cane illustrated in the book “The Robert Pearson Collection” on page 77 that sold at Christies Sale 2435, # 5 in date of April 15, 2011 which set world record prices.