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).
Silver Bell-Push in the Form of a SowFabergé
silver, cabochon cut garnet
height: 13 cm; weight: 350 gr
maker’s mark: Fabergé in Cyrillic beneath the Imperial Warrant
silver standard: 88 zolotniks