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King George V purchased this statuette, along with several others, from Fabergé’s London Branch shortly after his father’s death, and George’s subsequent ascent to the throne, in 1910. He presented the figure to his wife, Mary of Teck, who enjoyed these things quite a lot. While it was an addition to Mary’s existing collection of Fabergé animals, it was the start of a subset collection of tiny French bulldogs.

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Caesar | Royal Collection Trust - Fabergé's model in Chalcedony with cabochon ruby eyes hints at the dog's mischievous personality and also his faithfulness to his master - adorned as it is with a gold and enamelled collar inscribed 'I belong to the King', as the favourite's collar had been in real life

Faberge may have been best known for its Easter eggs. However, under Faberge's direction, the workshops produced a wide range of items, including dinner and tea services, frames for miniature portraits, and various animals like this charming hippo.

A RUSSIAN CARVED HARDSTONE FIGURE OF A DOG, CIRCA 1900 modeled as a hunting dog stalking prey, with collet-set diamond eyes, the underside of one paw with an obscured initial or monogram

RUSSIAN FABERGÉ ATTRIBUTED HARDSTONE CARVING OF A BULLDOG, very detailed, eyes set with rubies in gold frames, gold collar marked "56" for 14K fineness and "K (slashed) 0", the collar buckle set with rose-cut diamonds. In a lined and fitted beech wood presentation box with Cyrillic markings for Fabergé.

Acquirer: Queen Alexandra, consort of King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom (1844-1925). Provenance: Probably acquired by Queen Alexandra; in the Royal Colleciton by 1953. A guinea pig, carved in white translucent quartzite, inlaid with pale patches of tawny aventurine-quartz, ears in obsidian, and eyes of cabochon sapphires. One of two Fabergé guinea pigs in the Royal Collection. c 1900

Russian ~ Hand carved ~ Agate miniature rabbit figure ~ Finely carved throughout ~ Cabochon cut pink stones set to eyes in 18k yellow gold bezels