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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF FRANCES H. JONES

A Carved Bowenite Elephant with Gold, Diamond, and Enamel Castle, circa 1900
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 31,250 USD
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129

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF FRANCES H. JONES

A Carved Bowenite Elephant with Gold, Diamond, and Enamel Castle, circa 1900
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 31,250 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Carved Bowenite Elephant with Gold, Diamond, and Enamel Castle, circa 1900
the elephant depicted standing on four feet, with ruby eyes, supporting a brick red and white enameled gold turret, the crenellations enameled in a translucent red over a guilloché ground, with bands of rose diamonds about the turret and the belt encircling the animal's midsection
apparently unmarked
Length 1 3/8 in.
3.5 cm
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Provenance

A la Vieille Russie, New York

Catalogue Note

This miniature elephant and castle, although unmarked, can be confidently attributed to Fabergé. Like similar models in the British Royal Collection, it is based on the ancient Order of the Elephant, Denmark's highest chivalric order. The order's symbolism was intimately familiar to Alexander III's wife Empress Maria Fedorovna, born Princess Dagmar of Denmark, and informed the ornament of several important Imperial commissions to Fabergé including a monumental kovsh celebrating the golden wedding anniversary of King Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark as well as the 1903 Danish Jubilee Egg, an Easter gift from Nicholas II to his mother. It is interesting to note that both of the examples in the Royal Collection, like the offered lot, are unmarked. See Caroline de Guitaut, Fabergé in the Royal Collection, London, 2003, pp. 100-101, nos. 114 and 115.

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