Silver gilt, enamel, sapphire set in gold; [reproduction silk tinder cord, gold and moonstone catch]
20.2 x 13.5 x 4.2 cm (7 15/16 x 5 5/16 x 1 5/8 in.)
Gift from various donors by exchange 2018.28
Peacocks were considered a symbol of imperial royalty in Russia.
Fabergé’s craftsmen in Moscow became known for their work in the pan-Slavic or neo-Russian taste, hearkening back to 17th-century styles of Russian folk decoration. In this whimsically oversized box for cigars or loose tobacco, Fabergé used the technique to highlight a symbol of imperial royalty, the preening peacock, here rendered in brilliant hues of blue and green enamels.
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