A fine figure of a gold-mounted agate kiwi

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Workmaster Henrik Wigstrom

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With gold beak and feet and rose-diamond eyes, modelled in a banded honey-coloured hardstone, 1908-1917, 72 Zolotnik, with English import marks for 1908, in original fitted maplewood case. There are only two or three kiwis known in Faberg6’s production, the London sales ledgers mentioning none other. Further examples are in the collection of Her Majesty The Queen, cf. G. v. Habsburg and A. v. Solodkoff, Faberge, 1979, pi. 106, and in the collection of Mrs. Rita de Wolfe (A. K. Snowman, The Art of Carl Faberge, 1962, ill. 239). A fourth example was exhibited at A La Vieille Russie, New York, 1961, Catalogue no. 29. It should however be noted that, typically for FabcrgC each of these animals is differently portrayed.