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RH-5332/7, Feb. 17, 1939

 Item — Box: SC-07 Box 1, Folder: 9, Item: SC07.02.3.091
Identifier: SC07.02.3.091

Scope and Contents

Transcription: [double-headed eagle] Article No. RH-5332/7 Companion figures of two French bulldogs, one seated in attentive attitude – the other, a pup, in crouched position. Beautifully carved of smoky topaz, the eyes of each are set with cabochon sapphires. Collars finished with pendant drops, are gold, set with faceted sapphires of fine deep color. Realistic in every detail, these little sculptures are designed and executed with incomparable finesse. They are creations of Carl Fabergé, eminent court jeweler to Tsars Aleksandr III and Nikolai II of Russia, who was, as well, jeweler to nearly all the crowned heads of the European and Asiatic continents. Fabergé, expert in the art of small figure sculpture, was noted for his ability to impart to the materials in his hands a convincingly living quality of form. The topaz dogs are from the collection of the Tsarina Aleksandra Feodorovna, , wife of Nikolai II, in the Aleksandr Palace, Tsarskoye Selo. Mrs. John L. Pratt February 17, 1939 FROM THE HAMMER COLLECTION – 682 FIFTH AVENUE – NEW YORK


  • Feb. 17, 1939


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Biographical / Historical



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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lillian Thomas Pratt.

Related Materials

47.20.241, 47.20.242

Physical Description


Physical Facet

Sales records


Hammer Collection, Hammer Galleries, Fifth Avenue

Digitization of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Archives has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository

Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond VA 23220-4007 United States