Lapidary Works of Art and Ivories

Figurine of a Russian nobleman

    Figurine of a Russian nobleman

    Germany, Idar-Obershtain

    Jasper, nephrite, milky quartz, sapphires, 18K gold; carving, polishing

    Height 12 cm


    Sumptuous materials have been used in the carving of a Russian nobleman. His cloak is carved of a brilliant vermillion South African jasper, the edges of which are "trimmed" in darker red jasper, as are his collar and hat. The crown of the hat and boots are carved from the Russian nephrite, while the beard is carved from milky white quartz. His eyes are set with small faceted blue sapphires. The coat is trimmed with 18K yellow gold passamanterie, forming an eloquent statement as to the gentleman's wealth.