On your expedition to our menagerie, you will find an assortment of FabergÃ© animals. These hardstone carvings do more than mimic nature, but capture the personalities of individual animals.
FabergÃ© applied this attention to detail to a number of hardstone animal portraits, most notably his famous commission from King Edward in 1907 to replicate all of the domestic and farmyard animals of the British royal familyâ€™s Sandringham estate. Wax models were made from life, amounting to more than a hundred different figures. FabergÃ© received many commissions for portraits of adored domestic pets, his clientele appreciating such commitment to accuracy.
FabergÃ©â€™s lapidary studio broke away from the dry realism of traditional hardstone carvings, remaining loyal to detail but imbuing his creatures with whimsical charm. First, a wax model was made. Then, stones were selected based one what best conformed to a particular animalâ€™s characteristics and sculptor-stonecarvers carefully noted poses and often exaggerated certain features. A reputation for this sort of attention to detail significantly distinguished FabergÃ© from his competitors.
FabergÃ©â€™s animal creations were quite representative of the animal kingdom, comprising domestic and farm animals, wild creatures, and insects and reptiles. Youâ€™ll find a selection here, in Animals As Art: Wearable and Collectible.