Standing tall on extremely long
and knobby-kneed legs, this flightless bird
was originally carved by order of King Edward
VII for Queen Alexandra's Sandringham
Collection in the early 1900's. It is
hand carved from Peach Aventurine, has ruby
eyes and those long legs are sterling silver
plated in 24 karat gold. It stands 6.75 inches
tall. The detail in the carving is astonishing.
Every feather is distinctly delineated.
In the book "Faberge, The Royal Collection"
by Caroline de Guitant who is assistant to
the director of the Queen's Collection,
Ms. de Guitant mentions that also in the collection
is another flamingo made by Cartier. They seem
to have been influenced by Fabergé and
the work they were doing. In any case, she
makes a comparison of the two pieces, "The
Royal Collection contains an example which
appears stylised and unnaturalistic by comparison
with this skilfully executed model." It
is interesting to me that a firm such as Cartier
could not execute a hand carving as beautifully
as could the carvers of Fabergé.
Is it any wonder that Fabergé achieved
such world wide renown?
Our price: $600.00.