late 1800s-early 1900s

firm of House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842-1918)


Amethystine quartz, diamonds

Overall: 4.4 x 5.1 x 3.5 cm (1 3/4 x 2 x 1 3/8 in.)

The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.450


This bulldog’s value is not derived strictly from the material from which it is carved, but the way in which the careful selection of the amethyst body and rose-cut diamond eyes give this pet a sense of realism and humorous personality. Most Fabergé animal figures were inspired by Italian and Japanese folk art, and the Asian influence can be seen when comparing this animal to the sacred dogs that guarded the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

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