AN EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPRESSIVE IMPERIAL SILVER RHINOCEROS AUTOMATON

BY FABERGÉ, ST PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1909

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Naturalistically shaped as a rhinoceros, the oxidised silver body finely cast and chased to simulate the coarse texture of the rhinoceros’ skin, the head and four legs attached to the body with screws, moves on wheels, nodding its head and moving its tail, with the original silver winding key, apparently unmarked; in the original silk and velvet-lined wood case stamped 'Fabergé St Petersburg Moscow London' beneath the Imperial warrant
2 7/8 in. (7.4 cm.) wide