ANTIQUE RUSSIAN 14K GOLD ENAMEL DANISH ELEPHANT MINIATURE EASTER EGG PENDANT c1900
An antique Russian solid 14 carat gold (tests thereabouts) miniature easter egg charm or small pendant; beautifully made, with vitreous blue & white enamel decoration depicting an elephant.
The elephant was one of Carl Faberge's most popular and most often repeated animals; the British Royal Collection alone holds 49 examples! Faberge Eggs started out as little Easter morning presents from Tsar Alexander III to his wife Empress Maria Feodorovna, in 1885. Inside the second Imperial Faberge Egg, the Diamond Trellis egg, was an ivory elephant - which holds special significance...the highest Danish order was the 'Order of he Elephant', and is a symbol of absolute rule in Denmark (the homeland of the Empress). Faberge's greatest patrons were the Russian rulers, and he shrewdly introduced miniature elephants to his range of products, perhaps at their suggestion. This gold egg isn't signed, but is mostly likely from the hand of a work master under Faberge. A stunning little piece of history!
Fabulous quality & extremely collectable...wonderfully wearable too!
CONDITION: All original and generally very good. Slight signs of wear commensurate with age and use. Some enamel loss - see pictures.
DATE/MARKS: Around 1900. Not marked.
DIMENSIONS: 16 x 10 mm (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
WEIGHT: Approx. 1.7 grams.