Monday, January 21, 2013

Mastery of Design: The Fabergé Dove, 1908

Part of the Sandringham Commission, 1907-1908
Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Another from the Royal Collection’s Fabergé menagerie, this dove is crafted of heavenly chalcedony. It was part of the great 1907 Sandringham Commission ordered by King Edward VII to keep Queen Alexandra properly amused. The fantail dove sits upon chased gold legs and looks at us peacefully through rose-cut diamond eyes.

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