A Fabergé Carved Obsidian Figure of a Hippopotamus, St. Petersburg, circa 1900
Galerie J. Kugel, Paris
For a comparable carved rock crystal hippopotamus by Fabergé in the Woolf Family Collection, see Alexander von Solodkoff, Fabergé: Juwelier des Zarenhofes, Hamburg, 1995, p. 70, no. 28. A similar carved bowenite figure of a hippopotamus served as the finial on a Fabergé cane handle sold Sotheby's, London, June 12, 2007, lot 440.
Sold with a document of evaluation signed by Mr. A. Kenneth Snowman, Wartski, London, 1971