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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Miniature piano in the Louis XVI Style

Overview

Creator: Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin (1860-1903) (workmaster)
Creation Date: 
circa 1900
Materials: 
Nephrite, two-colour gold and enamel
Dimensions: 
5.5 x 7.3 x 4.5 cm
RCIN 
9030
Reference(s): 
XQGF 1995 374
XQGF 1985 I 178
XQGF 1985 II 28
XQGF 2003 236
Acquirer: Queen Mary, consort of George V, King of the United Kingdom (1867-1953)
Provenance: 
Queen Mary's Collection, acquired between 1922 and 1931
Description:

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

Further details

Additional Creators: Fabergé (jeweller)
Category: 
Fabergé