The box was included in an exhibition of the Imperial Family’s Fabergé collection held in the Von Dervis Mansion on the English Embankment in St. Petersburg in March, 1902. It was shown in the vitrine of works belonging to Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna.
Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna’ s vitrine in the Von Dervis Mansion exhibition
This is the only know use of a gastrolith by Fabergé. The choice of such an unusual stone reflects his restless imagination. He continually sought new materials to work with, striving to reveal the artistic potential and stories within them.