Peter Carl Fabergé
Peter Carl Fabergé was a Russian jeweller of French descent. He is mostly known for his outstanding eggs ornamented with diamonds, so-called Fabergé eggs. The first of those eggs was given by Emperor Alexander III of Russia to his Danish wife, Dagmar (Maria Feodorovna) in 1885.
That year, Fabergé became court jeweller. His works include desk clocks, jewellery and coffee sets. After the revolution in 1917, Peter Carl Fabergé escaped to Switzerland where he spent his remaining years.
Electric bell push in the shape of an elephant made of obsidian with rose-cut diamonds as eyes. Carved stone animals were among Fabergé’s specialties, and the company produced many items with elephants. This one stands on a cover of enamelled gold, laid over a bowenite plinth on four gilt legs. It was bought by Maria Feodorovna in 1898 and probably given to her father Christian IX.
Table lighter made of bowenite in the shape of an oblong egg. The lower part of the egg is set in a small gold stand, where an encircling ring, diamond-studded ribbons and four garlands meet in a square gold mountings, each with a ruby. The egg stands on four cast deer hooves — a playful thought which is typical of Fabergé.