Scope and Contents
The Schaffer Collection
Russian Imperial Art Treasures
ROCKEFELLER CENTER NEW YORK
Miniature owl by CARL G. FABERGE, the celebrated Russian Court jeweler, carved out of a single piece of opal especially chosen for its fine color and shading.
The bird, which is of exceptionally small proportions, is shown standing on a gold perch which rests on an agate base. In its small dimensions, the details of the anatomy are correctly and precisely rendered. Two rubies are set in for the eyes.
A charming example of the work of this great artist, who made so many important objets d’art for members of the Russian Imperial family, as well as for other important personages throughout the world.
MRS. JOHN L. PRATT
- Creation: undated
- Schaffer Collection (Organization)
Language of Materials
The collection is open for research.
Digitization of the collection has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The digital collection can be accessed through the VMFA Collections Search website.
Conditions Governing Use
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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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