A LARGE JEWELLED GOLD-MOUNTED AGATE MODEL OF A CAPERCALZIE
BY FABERGÉ, ST PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1900
Realistically and very finely carved as a capercalzie, with its head and wings lowered, its tail raised, with rose-cut diamond-set eyes and finely chased gold feet, apparently unmarked; in the original fitted Fabergé wooden case
2 3⁄4 in. (6.9 cm.) high
Emily Yznaga del Valle (1859-1944), sister of the Duchess of Manchester.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Geneva, 28 April 1976, lot 190.
Exhibition catalogue, Exhibition of Russian Art, London, 1935, p. 111, no. 588B (listed).
G. von Habsburg and A. von Solodkoff, Fabergé: Court Jeweller to the Tsars, London, 1979, pl. 104.
G. von Habsburg, Fabergé, Kunsthalle of the Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, 1986, p. 206, no. 372 (illustrated).
Exhibition catalogue, Carl Fabergé. Kostbarkeiten Russischer Goldschmiedekunst der Jahrkunderwende, Zurich, 1989, p. 60, no. 155 (illustrated).
Exhibition catalogue, Fabergé from Private Collections, London, 1992, no. 112 (illustrated).
Exhibition catalogue, Fabergé: Imperial Jeweller, St Petersburg, 1993, p. 291, no. 158 (wrongly illustrated).
A. von Solodkoff, Fabergé, Juwelier des Zarenhofes, Heidelberg, 1995, p. 65, no. 21 (illustrated).
G. von Habsburg, Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, London, 2000, p. 306, no. 812 (illustrated).
Exhibition catalogue, Fabergé - Cartier, Rivalen am Zarenhof, Munich, 2003, illustrated p. 253, no. 359 (illustrated).
Exhibition catalogue, Carl Fabergé. A Private Collection, London, 2012, pp. 72-73, no. 58 (illustrated).
London, 1 Belgrave Square, Exhibition of Russian Art, 4 June - 13 July 1935, no. 588B.
Munich, Kunsthalle of the Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Fabergé, 5 December 1986 - 8 March 1987, no. 372.
New York, Habsburg, Feldman, The Josiane Woolf Fabergé Collection, 3 - 9 November 1988, no. 19.
Zurich, Museum Bellerive, Carl Fabergé. Kostbarkeiten Russischer Goldschmiedekunst der Jahrkunderwende, 31 May - September 1989, no. 155.
London, Wartski, Fabergé from Private Collections, 2 - 15 December 1992, no. 112.
St Petersburg, Hermitage State Museum; Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs; London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Fabergé: Imperial Jeweller, June 1993 - April 1994, no. 158.
Hamburg, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Fabergé, Juweilier des Zarenhofes, 12 April - 25 June 1995, no. 21.
London, Spencer House, Fabergé from Private Collections - An exhibition on behalf of Music in Country Churches, 8 December 1998, no. 6.
Wilmington, Riverfront Arts Centre, Fabergé, Imperial Craftsman and his World, 14 August 2000 - 28 February 2001, no. 812.
Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Fabergé/Cartier, Rivals at the Tsar’s Court, 28 November 2003 - 12 April 2004, no. 359.
London, Wartski, Carl Fabergé. A Private Collection, 15 - 25 May 2012, no. 58.