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Cockatoo on a Perch

Overview

Creator: Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin (1860-1903) (workmaster)
Creation Date: 
before 1896
Materials: 
Carved agate bird with rose cut diamond eyes, on a gold perch
Dimensions: 
13.0 x 5.3 cm
RCIN 
40478
Reference(s): 
XQGF 1985 I 139
XQGF 1995 451
XQGF 1985 II 91
XQGF 2003 76
Acquirer: Queen Alexandra, consort of King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1844-1925)
Provenance: 
Probably acquired by Queen Alexandra
Description:

Queen Alexandra kept a cockatoo in her apartments at Marlborough House and her fondness for birds was noted by the contemporary author Arthur H. Bevan. He records that she had in her boudoir ‘several canaries, bullfinches and other songsters’. He also notes that Edward VII kept a green parrot in his room; it was moved to Sandringham, where it later died.

Mark of Michael Perchin; gold mark of 56 zolotniks (before 1896); Fabergé in Cyrillic characters

Text adapted from Fabergé in the Royal Collection

Further details

Additional Creators: Fabergé (jeweller)
Category: 
Fabergé