The Royal Collection: Rabbit,Creator: Fabergé (jeweller) Creation Date: c. 1907 Materials: Chalcedony, diamonds Dimensions: 2.2 x 3.8 x 2.2 cm ] Provenance: Commissioned by King Edward VII, 1907 (the Sandringham Commission) Description: A recumbent rabbit carved from chalcedony and set with rose diamond eyes.
Fabergé c. 1907. Chalcedony, rose diamonds. In 1899 Major Frederick G. Jackson presented the Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra) with Jacko, a Samoyed. Major Jackson had been leader of the Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition to Franz Josef Land in the Arctic between 1895 and 1898. This characterful portrait in chalcedony with rose diamond eyes almost certainly represents the famous dog. The Royal Collection.
A miniature purpurine carving of an elephant, by Fabergé, circa 1900, FOOTNOTES The deep crimson vitreous material purpurine, was exclusive to the Fabergé workshops and frequently used in their animal carvings. It was made by introducing lead chromate into a glass matrix, a technique initially used in Italy during the 18th century and rediscovered by the Imperial Glass Factory in St Petersburg.
Fabergé Creation Date: c. 1907 Materials: Obsidian, quartzite, rose diamonds, gold Dimensions: 2.5 x 6.4 x 1.6 cm Provenance: Commissioned by King Edward VII, 1907 (the Sandringham Commission) Description: This carefully observed carving of a swallow replicates the distinctive markings of the bird in obsidian and white quartzite. The Royal Collection.
Faberge Elephant, Elephant Creator: Fabergé (jeweller) Creation Date: c. 1910 Materials: Purpurine, rose diamonds Dimensions: 3.7 x 3.9 x 4.5 cm Acquirer: Queen Alexandra, consort of King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1844-1925) Provenance: Bought by Queen Alexandra from Fabergé's London branch, 24 December 1912 (£11). The Royal Collection.