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  • Place of origin:

    Russia (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century to early 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fabergé (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved nephrite jade

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 56

Carl Fabergé owned a large collection of Japanese netsuke ( decorative pendants worn on men's kimonos ) which directly inspired his animal carvings. He used many types of hardstone to make lively and humerous depictions of animals for an aristocratic clientele. Queen Alexandra assembled a celebrated collection and her husband King Edward VII commissioned Fabergé to produce models from the Queen's Zoo at Sandringham. Fabergé's London branch sold over 250 models of animals. The most popular was the elephant.

Physical description

Nephrite jade carving of a snail, by Carl Fabergé

Place of Origin

Russia (made)


late 19th century to early 20th century (made)


Fabergé (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved nephrite jade


Height: 4.8 cm, Width: 8.1 cm, Depth: 3.2 cm

Historical context note

The firm of Fabergé was famous for its production of small hardstone carvings of animals and flowers

Descriptive line

Nephrite jade carving of a snail, by Carl Fabergé, Russia, late 19th to early 20th century



Subjects depicted

Snails (animal)


Jewellery; Metalwork; Sculpture


Metalwork Collection

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