Description This tiny hardstone mouse is studded with diamonds, and has rubies for eyes. The House of Fabergé began making hardstone animals in the 1890s and they proved popular with their elite clients. Queen Alexandra (wife of the British King Edward VII) built a large collection, and production peaked in the years immediately before the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Objects such as this mouse were inspired by Japanese netsuke. Carl Fabergé owned over 500 of these. He married this admiration of Asian art with the rich Russian tradition of hardstone carving.
- The Fabergé Menagerie. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Portland Art Museum, Portland. 2003-2004.
Provenance Oscar Kaplans [?]; Anna Marie Feller, Baltimore, late 1970s, by purchase; Dr. John Q. Feller, K.H.S., Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, June 1996, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 2007, by gift.
Credit Gift of Dr. John Q. Feller, K.H.S. in memory of his sister, Anne Feller Kennedy, 2007
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