20 May 2015
AN OBSIDIAN MODEL OF A HIPPOPOTAMUS
BY FABERGÉ, CIRCA 1900
Carved in seated position and smiling, with rose-cut diamond-set eyes, unmarked
2¼ in. (5.7 cm.) long
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich (1863-1919) and Grand Duchess Marie Georgievna (1876-1940).
Princess Nina Georgievna Chavchavadze (1901-1974).
Prince David Pavlovich Chavchavadze (1924-2014).
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Post Lot Text
A comparable obsidian model of hippopotamus by Fabergé was sold Christie's, New York, April 15, 2013, lot 2.
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