20 April 2001
A SILVER MODEL OF A POLAR BEAR
marked Fabergé with the Imperial warrant, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917, with scratched inventory number 17349, marked later with London import mark for 1908 and retailer's mark RL&Co.
Naturalistically modelled on a rock-crystal base simulating an ice floe, marked on foot
5 7/8in. (15cm.) high
Christie's Geneva, 17 November 1981, lot 11
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Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, 1986, lot 61, illustrated p. 121
By repute, the above silver bear was given by Queen Alexandra as a present to Earl Howe, Lord in waiting to Queen Victoria and King Edward, and Lord Chamberlain to Queen Alexandra.
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