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The present figure is, on a technical level, an example of Fabergé's stone carving at its finest. The carver, working with a single piece of stone, has sensitively read the natural variations of color, so that the veins of grey-blue and grey-brown are perfectly aligned with the location of the figure's face, hair, and beard. Comparisons can be drawn to other sensitively read and finely carved Fabergé hardstone models of animals, such as two chimpanzees (Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition catalogue, op cit, p. 15, C1 and C3) and several models in the British Royal Collection (Caroline de Guitaut, Fabergé in the Royal Collection, London, 2003): a dormouse, p. 72, cat. 54; an ostrich p. 87, cat. 84; and a penguin, pp. 88-89, cat. 88. On an aesthetic level, the present figure is an example of Fabergé's stone carving at its most whimsical. It is similar in spirit to a composite figure of a cook (Geza von Hapsburg, Fabergé Hofjuwelier der Zaren, Munich, 1986, pp. 212-213, fig. 388) and to the composite figure of Tweedledum and Tweedledee from Alice in Wonderland in the Thai Royal Collection (Fabergé, Office of Her Majesty's Private Secretary, 1983., pp. 160-161, illustrated).