Sculpted originally for Queen
Alexandra of England, this was one of three
Rhinoceros done by Faberge for the Royal Collection.
This particular figure was done in green Aventurine,
a stone found in the Ural Mountains of Russia,
and the eyes are diamonds set in gold bezels.
The Rhino is done in enormous detail with the
model showing all of what I shall call "the
armament" that makes up a Rhinoceros'
body covering. Looking at it, it is almost
as though the skin of the animal consisted
of individual plates that covered the animals
body, as though they were meant by the Creator
to act as armament. In fact, of course, it
is all animal hide, very tough, thick and heavy. If
you look closely you can see that the the legs
come out from underneath these "armament"
fellow has two rather large and lethal looking
horns rising from his muzzle.
A bit of research tells me that the Rhino hails
from India as well as parts of Asia and that
would explain his being part of the Queen's
Collection. They are large animals, normally
in excess of 8 feet from head to tail and are
hairless except for tufts at the ears and
end of the tail. They are not social
animals and spend their time alone for the
most part. They are very agile and move
with great speed, when necessary more than
30 miles an hour. Just some trivia I thought
might interest you.
The figure is 5 5/8 inches long.
Our price: $1200.00.