The House of Faberge’ produced sumptuous jewels, arts and designs. It is most famous for its Faberge eggs which were made from 1885 to 1917. The Faberge are jeweled eggs, which have ornate desigs on them. They became a popular gift during Easter. Larger version were made for the Russian royal family but most eggs though were smaller and worn as a pendant.
Faberge’s are very collectible not only for the design but its cloud of mystery. Plenty of the pieces made were still unaccounted. Out of 50 eggs made only 42 exist today.
Perhaps it is a good weekend job to go into your attics and hunt for a Faberge or two. LOL
Anyway the Faberge eggs were created for the Romanov family of Russia.
Before Russia descended into communism, it was ruled by the powerful and Romanov who were as”rich as Croesus”. They were in power for almost 300 years.
Around 1882 the Tsar Alexander III became acquainted with the works of the House of Faberge’, he was so impressed that he appointed them as the official supplier to the imperial court.
In 1885, the Tsar had a brilliant idea of commissioning Faberge to create a brilliant Easter surprise worthy of an empress for the Tsarina Maria Feodorovna.
Faberge came up with the First Imperial Egg. It was like a chicken egg which was enameled in white. Inside is a golden ball which represent the yolk. Still inside was another surprise, it was a miniature golden chicken. The Tsarina was suitably dazzled by this golden gift. The Tsarina probably showed the Csar her appreciation ;). The Csar commissioned more eggs for every Easter.
The ultimate Kinder surprise 🙂
To be continued
First Imperial Egg
Danish Jubilee Egg
Royal Danish Faberge Egg, Dimensions: 9.5in (H) X 3.25in (W), Weight: 3 lbs 12 oz, Material: Pewter, Enamel, Crystals, Plays ~For Elise~ by Ludwig van Beethoven. Russian Imperial Royal Danish Jubilee Egg is surmounted by a Danish Royal Elephant and supported by 3 danish heraldic lions, the white enameled egg is marked by diamond-set imperial crown. At the center it has the crowned monogram of Tsarina Mariya name, emblazoned in rose-cut crystals. The double-sided miniature photo frame surmounted by a crystal crown is fitted inside.
Winter Egg 1913
The exterior of the egg is studded with 1,660 diamonds and made from quartz, platinum and orthoclase. The miniature surprise basket is studded with 1,378 diamonds and is made from platinum and gold, while the flowers are made of white quartz and the leaves are made of demantoid. The flowers lie in gold moss. The egg is 102 millimeters high.
The egg was given by Czar Nicholas II to his mother, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, on Easter 1913.
It was auctioned in by Christie’s on 20 April 2002 and it was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder for almost $9.6 million.
Spring Flower Egg by Perchin
Spring Flowers Egg
The Spring Flowers Egg, hallmarked with head workmaster Michael Perchin’s “early” mark, is struck with the St. Petersburg’s assay mark for before 1899 and appears to bear a scratched number 443 (or 4) 74, which may or may not be Fabergé’s inventory number. Its original fitted case is stamped with Fabergé’s Imperial Warrant and the addresses of St. Petersburg, Moscow and London. These facts seem to be in apparent contradiction. The hallmark dates the egg to before 1899, the original case to after 1903, after the opening of the London Branch. Inventory numbers do not generally appear on Imperial eggs.
Blue Enamel Ribbed Egg
Blue Enamel Ribbed Egg
As the name implies, it is of three colors of gold with translucent sapphire blue enamel in a simplified Renaissance style. It is surmounted with an Imperial crown of gold set with sapphires and diamonds.
ca. 1885 – 1891
Made in St Petersburg, Russia
Owner: Estate of the late Stavros S. Niarchos, Paris
Memory of the Azova Egg
The Memory of Azov Egg (or the Azova Egg) is a jewelled Easter egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Faberge in 1891 for Tsar Alexander III of Russia. It was presented by Alexander III as an Easter gift to his wife, the Czarina Maria Feodorovna. It is currently held in the Kremlin Armoury Museum in Moscow.
Carved from a solid piece of heliotrope jasper, also known as bloodstone, the Memory of Azov Egg is decorated in the Louis XV style with a superimposed gold pattern of rococoscrolls with brilliant diamonds and chased gold flowers. The broad flute gold bezel is set with a drop ruby and two diamonds that complete the clasp. The egg’s interior is lined with greenvelvet.
The surprise contained within is a miniature replica of the Imperial Russian Navy cruiserPamiat Azova (Memory of Azov), executed in red and yellow gold and platinum with small diamonds for windows, set on a piece of aquamarine representing the water. The name “Azov” appears on the ship’s stern. The plate has a golden frame with a loop enabling the model to be removed from the egg.
The £20m Faberge Easter egg that was nearly melted for scrap
4 April 2014 Last updated at 21:21 BST
A Faberge Easter egg which once belonged to Russian royalty but was feared lost or destroyed is to go on display for the first time in more than 100 years.
A scrap metal dealer in the United States bought the egg for about £8,000 ($14,000) thinking he could melt it down for gold.
It was only after reading a newspaper article that he realised its value; one of just 50 made for the Russian Royal family, it has recently been sold for around £20m.
That article was written by BBC reporter Roya Nikkhah who has taken a close-up look at the egg with Kieran McCarthy, director of Wartski.