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Pansy

Pansy

late 1800s - early 1900s

firm of Peter Carl Fabergé

(Russian, 1846-1920)

Gold, jade, enamel, rock crystal

Overall: 11.8 x 4.8 cm (4 5/8 x 1 7/8 in.)

The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.438

Description

This miniature flower study made of gold, jade, and rock crystal perfectly captures the essence of a pansy in bloom. Such works are portable and could be displayed inside during winter in lieu of fresh flowers, a practice begun by Catherine the Great and continued by the last tsarina Alexandra, wife of Nicholas II.

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