Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
Miniature piano in the Louis XVI Style
Judging by her acquisitions, Queen Mary was particularly fond of Fabergé’s miniature objets de fantasie, which include several examples of miniature furniture in the form of bonbonnières. These objects afforded the craftsman the opportunity to demonstrate skill in applying specialist techniques to replicate the real materials of the full-scale object. This miniature piano of Siberian nephrite is carved and polished to resemble ebonised wood. The lid opens for use as a bonbonnière and the front drops down to reveal the keyboard in gold and enamel, inscribed C. Fabergé. The piano belonged originally to Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna and is clearly seen in one of the display cases in photographs of the exhibition of Fabergé held in St Petersburg in 1902. Queen Mary acquired it between 1922 and 1931.
Mark of Michael Perchin; gold mark of 56 zolotniks (before 1896); enamelled above the keyboard C.Fabergé in Roman letters
Text adapted from Fabergé in the Royal Collection