An agate carving of rabbitsFabergé, circa 1900

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Lot 105*
An agate carving of rabbits
Fabergé, circa 1900

Sold for £ 50,062 (US$ 62,643) inc. premium
An agate carving of rabbits
Fabergé, circa 1900
formed as a pair of nestling rabbits from two agate specimens, both inset with rose-cut diamond eyes
length: 6.5cm (2 9/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Caroline, Lady Oppenheimer (1899-1971)
    Then by direct descent


    Enchanting animal groups are well represented in the Royal Collection including a doe and three baby rabbits purchased from Fabergé London in 1913 by Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia (de Guitaut Fabergé's Animals: A Royal Farm in Miniature, Royal Collection, London, 2010, p. 108), or visit the Royal Collection website www.rct.uk for RCIN 40409.

    The charm of such groups was admired beyond the royal family, as evidenced by a pair of agate rabbits included in a Wartski Exhibition on Belgrave Square in 1934 on loan by Lady Juliet Duff (1881-1965) whose collection of animals and flowers was on display. The rendering of the fur is particularly successful in the proposed lot and the choice of stone capturing colour gradations lends individuality to each of the conjoined rabbits.
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