Fabergé Fauna

At the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore

In 1882, Czarina Maria Feodorovna bought a pair of cicada-shaped cufflinks created by the young jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé and launched a legendary career. Fabergé, of course, has been immortalized for his Imperial Easter eggs and unparalleled objects of fantasy, but he and his 500 craftsmen also produced hundreds of lesser-known miniature animals: a jasper anteater, a rock-crystal polar bear, a ladybug box in gold, enamel, and diamonds, a nephrite and diamond chameleon. More than 100 such treasures will be on view together for the first time in The Fabergé Menagerie, at the Walters Art Museum, in Baltimore, beginning February 13.