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Pair of Cockatoos
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Pair of Cockatoos

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Description Perched on a T-shaped ivory stand is a pair of topaz cockatoos with ruby eyes and gold feet. They are connected by gold chains to a pink enamel and gold mount set in a nephrite base supported by four gold ball feet. Carl Fabergé was particularly fond of birds and kept a pet cockatoo. Such hardstone animals were a popular part of Faberge's output in the early decades of the 20th century. Inspired by Japanese netsuke, which Fabergé collected in great numbers, these tiny animals have a life-like quality. Fabergé was even commissioned to make portraits of specific pets, most famously for King Edward VII and his wife Queen Alexandra.
  • Objects of Vertu: Precious Works of the Eighteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • The Fabergé Menagerie. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Portland Art Museum, Portland. 2003-2004.
Provenance Dr. N. Dorin Ischlondsky [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1961, by gift.
Credit Gift of Dr. N. Dorin Ischlondsky, 1961

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early 20th century
topaz, tourmaline, rubies, gold, ivory, enamel, nephrite, sapphires, diamonds
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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4 in. (10.16 cm)

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