Miniature Table with Compass

Miniature Table with Compass

c. 1890-95

workmaster

Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin

(Russian, 1860-1903)

maker

House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842-1918)

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

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Fun Fact

A small compass is concealed in the top of this miniature table for use when looking at maps.

Description

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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