April 09, 2008
Carl Gustavovich Fabergé
A Fabergé egg is any one of sixty-nine jewelled eggs made by Peter Carl Fabergé and his assistants between 1885 and 1917.
Fifty Imperial Fabergé Easter eggs were made and presented to Czars Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia. A further two eggs were planned but not delivered, the Constellation and Karelian Birch eggs of 1917.
Seven of the eggs were made for the Kelch family of Moscow.
The eggs are made of precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones. The term "Fabergé Egg" has become a synonym of luxury and the eggs are regarded as masterpieces of the jeweler's art.
Carl Fabergé and his goldsmiths designed and constructed the first egg in 1885. It was commissioned by Tsar Alexander III of Russia as an Easter surprise for his wife Maria Fyodorovna.
On the outside it looked like a simple egg of white enamelled gold, but it opened up to reveal a golden yolk. The yolk itself had a golden hen inside it, which in turn had a tiny crown with a ruby hanging inside, reminiscent of the matryoshka nesting dolls.
Empress Maria was so delighted by this gift that Alexander appointed Fabergé a "Court Supplier" and commissioned an Easter gift each year thereafter, stipulating only that it be unique and contain a surprise. His son, Nicholas II of Russia continued the tradition, annually presenting an egg each spring to his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna as well as his then-widowed mother.
Famous Fabergé Egg Collectors: Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Victor Vekselberg, Lillian Thomas Pratt, The Royal Collection, Matilda Geddings Gray, Marjorie Merriweather Post, William and Henry Walters, King Farouk of Egypt, Edouard and Maurice Sandoz, India Early Minshall, Prince Rainier III de Monaco, Armand Hammer.
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