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Elephant automaton

An ivory elephant with separate, jointed body legs and head, ridden by an enamel man sitting on its head and carrying a pink and white enamel castle with two  rose cut diamond set bands and a pierced upper rim, the top set with a
Elephant automaton ©
Take a look at this extraordinary object

Where do you think this beautiful miniature elephant was made, and how do you think it might have been used? Read on to learn our discoveries.

The small elephant was made in the workshop of Carl Fabergé in St Petersburg, Russia. It was created as the ‘surprise’ placed inside an Imperial Easter Egg given by Tsar Alexander III to his wife, Tsarina Marie Feodorovna as an Easter gift in 1892.

This short film reveals how the mystery of the elephant’s origins was recently solved by Caroline de Guitaut, Deputy Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art.

Watch the film below to find out more about Imperial Easter Eggs made by Fabergé.

The Mosaic Egg

Learn about the story behind one of the most technically sophisticated and extraordinary of Fabergé's Imperial Easter eggs.

Find out more about these objects in 'Explore the Collection'

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