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.