Imperial Framed Miniatures

Imperial Framed Miniatures


Part of a set. See all set records


House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842-1918)


Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin

(Russian, 1860-1903)

miniature painted by

Johannes Zehngraf

(Russian, 1857-1908)

Gold, jade, rubies, diamonds, gouache, ivory, glass

Overall: 15.3 x 5 x 5 cm (6 x 1 15/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.458


Fun Fact

These two painted miniatures were personal gifts from the tsar and tsarina to one another in 1896, a year after the birth of their firstborn child, Grand Duchess Olga Nicolaievna.


The giving of miniatures had long been a common practice among wealthy and aristocratic families by the time Fabergé began combining portraits with his richly decorated frames. The Russian imperial family delighted in having these personal mementos and commissioned many different miniatures to place around their private apartments, providing a warm family atmosphere in an otherwise highly formal existence.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Is something not working on this page? Please email

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email