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A JEWELLED SILVER AND PLATINUM-MOUNTED NEPHRITE PENDANT

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A JEWELLED SILVER AND PLATINUM-MOUNTED NEPHRITE PENDANT

BY FABERGÉ, ST PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1914, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 98948

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A JEWELLED SILVER AND PLATINUM-MOUNTED NEPHRITE PENDANT BY FABERGÉ, ST PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1914, SCRATCHED INVENTORY NUMBER 98948 Modelled as an elephant, its trunk and tail forming a continuous sphere, with rose-cut diamond-set eyes and stylised howdah, the pendant mount with a brilliant diamond suspended from a diamond-set loop; together with a later pearl, diamond and hardstone necklace and bracelet, the pearls untested for natural origin, unmarked The pendant 1 ¾ in. (4.5 cm.) high, including suspension loop
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Lot Essay

The original Fabergé design for the present pendant, dated 20 May 1914, is illustrated in K. Snowman, Fabergé: Lost and Found, London, 1993, p. 155.
The stylised howdah-mount of this pendant relates it to other works by Fabergé inspired by the Order of the Elephant, the highest order of chivalry in Denmark. The relationship between Russia and Denmark was strengthened in 1866 by the marriage of Tsar Alexander III to Princess Dagmar of Denmark. In 1892 the couple ordered from Fabergé a kovsh with a finial in the form of the Order of the Elephant as a gift to Princess Dagmar's parents, King Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark in honour of their golden wedding anniversary. Other examples of works by Fabergé, inspired by the Order of the Elephant, include two hardstone models of elephants with howdahs, sold Christie’s, London, 25 November 2013, lots 216 and 217.

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