Both Cartier and Fabergé made small carved hardstone animals like the one in the present lot, especially of gracious and balanced animals like the heron. Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) was very well-known for his ornithological studies of both domestic and exotic birds. A marabou stork figure of carved agate and gold with rose diamond eyes, by the workmaster Henrik Wigström, can be found in the Royal Collection, RCIN 40463.
Overall very good condition. One small dent to the side of the aventurine quartz base, one small area on the base with slight surface scratches. Excellent quality of the carving. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."