November 30, 06:31 PM GMT
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
A Fabergé jewelled bowenite model of an elephant, St Petersburg, circa 1900
Realistically carved, the eyes set with facetted rubies
length 4.2cm; 1⅝in.
Henry Bainbridge wrote of the elephants:
'What more amusing, satisfying and unique than a collection of them, from the largest to the smallest? To-day it would be without price.' (H. Bainbridge, Peter Carl Fabergé: Goldsmith and Jeweller to the Russian Imperial Court, London, 1949, p. 107)