Gold, enamel, glass, steel
Overall: 5.6 x 4.2 cm (2 3/16 x 1 5/8 in.)
The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.480
A small compass is concealed in the top of this miniature table for use when looking at maps.
The giving of small precious objects as intimate gifts between family members within the imperial court was spurred by the House of Fabergé's seemingly endless supply of bejeweled utilitarian objects decorated as expensively as possible, such as this little desk compass disguising as a miniature table in the Louis XVI taste of the late 1700s.
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