A rare Faberge sedan chair is up for auction for more than £60,000.

Carl Faberge - one of the best-known names in the arts and antiques world - always causes a stir when exquisite pieces from his workshops come up at auction.

The Cotswold Auction Company is to auction off a miniature gold, jade and rock crystal sedan chair in their forthcoming September 10 auction to be held at the Bankside saleroom in Cirencester.

This piece bears the mark for Mikhail Perchin and can be dated to circa 1899 to 1903.

It has excellent provenance, having been in the same family since it was purchased in 1929 from Wartski, the Russian jewellers in London for £75, a significant sum at the time.

Sedan chairs are amongst the rarest curiosities produced by Faberge, with fewer than ten known and this particular example is even featured in Kenneth Snowman’s 1962 ‘bible’- The Art of Carl Faberge, fig. 283.

Auctioneers Elizabeth Poole and Lindsey Braune said: "Discovering the sedan chair in Kenneth Snowman’s book was rather a spine-tingling moment.

"It belongs to a family who collected some absolute gems in the early twentieth century – and have looked after them ever since."

The sedan chair is estimated at £60,000-£80,000 and can be viewed on Saturday, September 7 and Monday, September 9 or online at www.cotswoldauction.co.uk.

For enquiries call 01285-642420.