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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Carving

late 19th century to early 20th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved nephrite jade
Brief Description
Nephrite jade carving of a snail, by Carl Fabergé, Russia, late 19th to early 20th century
Physical Description
Nephrite jade carving of a snail, by Carl Fabergé
Dimensions
  • Height: 4.8cm
  • Width: 8.1cm
  • Depth: 3.2cm
Historical context
The firm of Fabergé was famous for its production of small hardstone carvings of animals and flowers
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
C.1190-1917

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record createdJuly 1, 2005
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