Jun 9, 2008
Apr 14, 2005
Jun 9, 2008

Turtle Bell Push

Turtle Bell Push

c. 1895-1915


House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842–1918)

Agate, gold, silver, diamonds, rubies

Overall: 2.6 x 7.7 x 6.1 cm (1 x 3 1/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.473


Did you know?

To summon the butler, a quick push on the turtle's head would ring the bell downstairs.


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 this turtle bell push or black jasper into sleeping puppies. The use of native materials also promoted Russian nationalism, which appealed greatly to the tsar and his family.

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