A hardstone carving of a capercaillie by Carl Fabergé,

St Petersburg, circa 1900


naturalistically carved from a single piece of Russian striated brown agate, modelled in a mating pose known as leking, its head lowered and its tail raised, the eyes set with rose diamonds and the feet of gold, finely modelled and chased.

Contained in its original silk and velvet lined holly wood case, the lid satin stamped ‘St Petersburg, Moscow, Odessa’ in Cyrillic beneath the Imperial warrant.

Height: 6.9cm


Emily Yznaga del Valle (1859-1944), sister of the Duchess of Manchester.

Major Reginald Macdonald Buchanan.

Harry Woolf.



Exhibition of Russian Art (London, 1935) no. 588B.

Fabergé (Munich,1986/7) no. 372.

The Josiane Woolf Fabergé Collection (New York, 1988) no. 19.

Carl Fabergé. Kostbarkeiten Russischer Goldschmiedekunst der Jahrkunderwende,
(Zurich, 1989) no. 155.


Fabergé from Private Collections (London, 1992) no. 112.

Fabergé: Imperial Jeweller (St Petersburg, Paris, London, 1993/4) no. 158.

Fabergé, Juweilier des Zarenhofes, (Hamburg 1995) no. 21.

Fabergé from Private Collections – An exhibition on behalf of Music in Country Churches (London,1998) no. 6.

 Fabergé, Imperial Craftsman and his World, (Wilmington,2000/1) no. 812.

Fabergé/Cartier, Rivals at the Tsar’s Court, 28 November (Munich, 2003/4) no. 359.

Carl Fabergé. A Private Collection (London, 2012) no. 58.