A FABERGÉ BOWENITE MODEL OF A SPARROW, CIRCA 1890
carved of bowenite in Japanese netsuke taste, with cabochon ruby-set eyes, modelled nesting on the ground, the underside carved with stylized feet
width 4.5cm, 1¾in.
The underside with an are of restoration to the back of the left wing, approximately 17 by 16mm. With a further small surface chip to the top of the back of the right wing, approx, 1mm wide.
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Property from the Collection of King George I of the Hellenes; Christie’s London, 24 January 2007, lot 370
Fabergé drew inspiration for the present carving from the Japanese netsuke type fukura suzume, whose name is a play on the Japanese word for good luck. Two nearly identical carvings of sparrows by Fabergé, one in nephrite and one in aventurine quartz are held in the Royal Collection (C. de Guituat, Fabergé in the Royal Collection, London, 2003, illustrated p. 92, nos. 95 and 98).