Jewelled Agate Model of an Orangutan

Fabergé
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circa 1910

agate, diamonds

height: 6.3 cm

in original fitted case

Provenance

Wartski, London

Bibliography

G. C. Munn, Wartski: First Hundred and Fifty Years, London, 2015, illustrated p. 80

 

A figurine of an orangutan realistically carved from a single piece of striated brown agate in a seated position, set with rose-cut diamond eyes; contained in its original silk and velvet-lined wooden case stamped ‘Fabergé, St. Petersburg, Moscow, London’ beneath the Imperial Warrant. A similar model, also in agate, belongs to the British Royal Collection (RCIN 40377). Another example of a carved figure of an ape was sold at Christie’s London 4 June 2018, lot 220 for £ 106,250.

Petrified Wood Model of a Chimpanzee, Christie’s London, 4 June 2018, lot 220