Russian Silver Gem-Set Bell Push

Fabergé Silver Bell Push Modelled as a Boar

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reference number: FB_004

Moscow, 1899-1908

silver, cabochon cut garnet

height: 12 cm; weight: 480 gr

maker’s mark: K Fabergé in Cyrillic beneath the Imperial Warrant

assay master’s mark: Cyrillic initials I.L. for Ivan Lebedkin

silver standard: 84 zolotniks

A bell-push by Fabergé, whimsically sculpted and realistically hand chased in silver. The razorback pig represented as seated on hind legs, the finely detailed body chased to simulating fur; the head is pointed upwards, with the eyes half-shut he appears to be smiling. A cabochon-set red garnet button is mounted on boar’s nose.


A similar pig bell-push is illustrated in Sotheby’s New York, 6 December 1995, lot 398. For another smaller one see Sotheby’s Geneva November 15, 1988 catalogue, lot 168.


Fabergé’s silver animals were modelled after nature. Numerous animal figurines used as such models are visible in a photograph of Fabergé’s St. Petersburg studio (see G. von Habsburg, Fabergé, Vendome Press, 1987, p. 34).

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