Russia, St. Petersburg
Fabergé firm, Perkhin gold and silverware workshop
Gold, rock crystal; casting, engraving, guilloché enamel
Height - 3.3 cm
mark: "МП", St. Petersburg city mark
Elephant - a miniature statuette made of rock crystal, with ruby eyes, with a watchtower on his bach, decorated with red guilloché enamel and a diamond belt. Created in a similar way as an Order of Elephant figure - the highest Denmark national award.
Relationships between Russia and Denmark were strengthened in 1866, when Emperor Alexander II married Princess Dagmar of Denmark. In 1892 the Imperial couple ordered Fabergé a ladle with a knob in the form of the Danish Order as a present to Princess Dagmar's parents - King Christian IX and Queen Louise in commemoration of their golden wedding.
The highest Danish national award is the Order of the Elephant, which is traditionally made of white-enamelled gold. The elephant supports the watch tower, under which a Moor holding a golden rod is sitting; a cross of diamonds is on the elephant right side. Crowned monogram of the monarch reigning when it was made is on the elephant left side.