Imperial Faberge eggs
Retractable up three medallions with portraits of the emperor and his two older daughters Olga and Tatiana. Master Michael Perkhin. Nouveau style. Arguably, the most favorite egg of the Empress.
Imperial Faberge eggs. “Lilies of the Valley.” A Faberge is any one of the thousands of jeweled eggs made by the House of Faberge from 1885 to 1917. Most were miniature eggs that were popular gifts at Eastertide. They were worn on a neck chain either singly or in groups.
The egg is covered with gold, blue enamel framed by semicircles, studded with diamonds and looks like a pine cone. Egg with Surprise – elephant driver starts up with a golden key. Who was given an egg – is unknown. “Pinecone” is in a private collection in San – Diego USA. It was sold at auction “Christy” in Geneva on 10 May 1989, to Joan Kroc, for over 3.14 million dollars. She was the wife of the founder of Mac – Donald.
The most famous eggs produced by the House were the larger ones made for Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia; these are often referred to as the ‘Imperial’ Faberge eggs. Of the 50 were made, 42 have survived. Further two eggs, the Constellation and Karelian Birch eggs, were planned for 1918 but were not delivered, as Nicholas II and his family were assassinated that year, and Nicholas had abdicated the crown the year before.
The eggs are made of precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones. The Faberge egg has become a symbol of luxury, and the eggs are regarded as masterpieces of the jewelers art.
Jeweler – Michael Perkhin. Agate. Used type of casket Le Roy 17. Has been stored in the ‘Green Vault’ in Dresden, the home of Faberge. Surprise is unknown, there is speculation that it was crystal egg ‘Resurrection’