Paperweight of Bronze and Granite
The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
This paperweight dates to 1885 and features a bronze figure of a dog upon a low bronze base. The whole of the piece is supported by a plinth of gray, black and white mottled granite, lined beneath with red velvet. The dog depicted here is another favorite of Queen Victoria—Spot, a white terrier with lemon markings. Queen Victoria adopted spot in 1880 and, five years later, commissioned a now unknown sculptor to create this figure of her beloved companion.