Some items from our exhibition
Gemstone chameleon figure formerly from royal Greece collection of King Georg V.
Bowenit, Rubies, Gold.
Fabergé, St. Petersburg, late 19 century.
Decanter and shot glasses in form of hares
Height of decanter, 25 cm
Height of shot glasses, from 6.1 cm to 14.8 cm
This wine decanter in the form of a hare with a group of young rabbits belonged to Bulgaria's Tsar Ferdinand, one of Fabergé's most important clients. According to Bainbridge's memoirs (1949, page 27), after this set was presented Tsar Ferdinand offered Fabergé a ministerial post in the government. Currently there are only four decanters made by Fabergé in the form of various animals. There is a beaver which belongs to the State Hermitage, a pig from the collection of Gokhrana in Moscow, and this one in the Fabergé Museum.