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Perch for the Parrot on a Perch

Perch for the Parrot on a Perch

1896-1903

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workmaster

Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin

(Russian, 1860-1903)

maker

House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842-1918)

Silver, enamel

Overall: 15.3 x 7.4 cm (6 x 2 15/16 in.)

The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.447.b

Location

Fun Fact

This perch is part of a figure of a parrot sitting on a perch.

Description

This frame is meant to hold a hardstone parrot sitting on a perch. In creating luxurious accessories for a desk or tabletop, Fabergé often used native hardstones such as multicolored agate and jasper, green nephrite, pink rhodonite, and rock crystal found in the Ural Mountains of western Russia. By paying careful attention to the unique colors and textures of the stones, Fabergé and his craftsmen brought them to life, turning milky agate into a begging poodle or green and black jasper into a parrot sitting on a perch. The use of native materials also promoted Russian nationalism, which appealed greatly to the tsar and his family.

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