A CARVED PURPURINE FIGURE OF A RABBIT

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by Faberge

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The plump body in a characteristic crouch, with faceted demantoid garnet eyes (chip)

Purpurine, a vitreous compound discovered in the Imperial Glass Factory, St. Petersburg by Petouchov, was apparently used exclusively in the Faberg6 workshop, particularly in animal and figurine carvings. It ranges in color from bright red to dark crimson.

For a similar purpurine rabbit, cf. A. Kenneth Snowman, Carl Fabergi, Goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia, New York, 1979, p. 68