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Fabergé

Elephant automaton c. 1900

Silver, gold, guilloché enamel, rose diamonds, cabochon rubies, ivory | 4.8 x 5.1 x 3.2 cm (whole object) | RCIN 40486

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Fabergé produced a number of automata, often as the surprises within his Imperial Easter Eggs.  When the key-wound mechanism is released the elephant walks, swinging its head and trunk; the tail is also articulated. According to a note kept in the original silk-velvet lined Fabergé box made of holly wood, this elephant was presented to King George V by his family for Christmas in 1929.

Text adapted from Fabergé in the Royal Collection