Scope and Contents
The Schaffer Collection
Russian Imperial Art Treasures
ROCKEFELLER CENTER NEW YORK
An exceptionally fine miniature sculpture of a blood hound by the celebrated Russian Court jeweler CARL G. FABERGE.
The animal is carved from a single piece of vari-colored agate ranging in shade from a light gray to a reddish brown. He is shown in the attitude of following the scent, and most noteworthy in this specimen is the impression one gains of his great strength and power. The lowered head, the sniffing nose, the upcurled tail, and long ears almost touching the ground, are all most remarkable, and most life-like. One actually seems to feel that the dog is following one, so realistic is the whole creation.
In its small dimensions every detail of the anatomy is correctly and precisely carved, even to the chasing of the individual markings on the dog. Diamonds are set in for the eyes.
MRS. JOHN L. PRATT
- Schaffer Collection (Organization)
Language of Materials
The collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Lillian Thomas Pratt.
Schaffer Collection, Russian Imperial Art Treasures, Rockefeller Center
Digitization of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Archives has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository
Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
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