Sleeping Puppies on a Mat

Sleeping Puppies on a Mat

c. 1895-1915

maker

House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842-1918)

Agate, chalcedony

Overall: 2.9 x 11.7 x 9.9 cm (1 1/8 x 4 5/8 x 3 7/8 in.)

The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.451

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Fun Fact

Fabergé's artisans used multiple types of stone to make each puppy unique. Even the little rug they are sleeping on is made of stone.

Description

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 brown and black jasper into these sleeping puppies. The use of native materials also promoted Russian nationalism, which appealed greatly to the tsar and his family.

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