The owls were purchased from Fabergé’s London branch by Her Majesty Queen Alexandra on the 3rd November 1908 for £20, 10s. The study is described in Fabergé’s London ledgers as:
‘2 Owls of Satuarn, legs + branches of gold, 4 rubies in eyes, wht onyx pedestal
To H. R. H. Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, granddaughter of Queen Alexandra and daughter of Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary.
Thence by descent