Among the many materials which
Fabergé employed in the making of his
remarkable bibelots, not the least were the
hardstones: malachite, obsidian, chalcedony,
rock crystal, nephrite, purpurine, jasper, agate,
jade, lapis-lazuli, bowenite, rhodonite, citrine,
the list is endless. His selection of hardstone
was determined entirely by the most appropriate
use for the subject matter and this provided
the figures great individuality and stature.
Also, he combined these hardstones with precious
metals and gems, seamlessly integrating each
with the other creating miniature works of art
with each figure or flower made.
His animals had what art historians describe
as "psychologically interpretive aspects,"
the accentuation of particular characteristics
of each subject giving them personalities and
very distinctive charm. They were much sought
after and, today, like all Fabergé treasures,
they reside in museum collections; The Forbes
Collection, The Royal Collection in London,
The Collection of the Prince of Wales and several
museums in Moscow each having substantial hardstone
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All Fabergé works of art will arrive
in handsome Fabergé boxes lined in fabric
and embossed with the name Fabergé and
will be accompanied by appropriate documentation.
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