Flower Study of a Pansy

Flower Study of a Pansy

c. 1885-1915

maker

House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842-1918)

Gold, jade, enamel, rock crystal

Overall: 11.8 x 4.8 cm (4 5/8 x 1 7/8 in.)

The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.438

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The stems of Fabergé’s flower studies are set into little basins carved from rock crystal to resemble pots of water.

Description

This flower study depicts a pansy in bloom. Fabergé’s inspiration for his flower studies is said to have come from the floral brooches of precious stones that were made in the 1700s for Catherine the Great as well as from the Japanese art of flower arranging, known as ikebana. Small and delicate, Fabergé’s flower studies were given as intimate gifts to friends by the tsarina and others in the court. She also liked to take them around to wherever the imperial family was residing as a reminder of spring during the harsh Russian winters.

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