Lilies of the Valley (Fabergé egg)
The Lilies of the Valley Egg is a jewelled Fabergé egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé in 1898 by Fabergé ateliers. The supervising goldsmith was Michael Perchin; the egg is one of the two eggs in the Art Nouveau style. It was presented on April 5 to Tsar Nicholas II, who gave it as a gift to his wife, the Tsarina, Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna; the egg is part of the Victor Vekselberg Collection, owned by The Link of Times Foundation and housed in the Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The egg topped with rose pink enamel on a guilloché field; the egg is supported by cabriolet legs of green-gold leaves with rose-cut diamond dewdrops. The gold-stemmed lilies have green enameled leaves and flowers made of gold set with rubies and diamonds; this egg's surprise is'elevated' out of the egg by twisting a gold-mounted pearl button. When raised, three portraits are visible under the Imperial crown set with a ruby: Tsar Nicholas II and his two oldest daughters, Grand Duchess Olga and Grand Duchess Tatiana, painted on ivory by Johannes Zehngraf.
The portraits are framed in rose diamonds and backed with gold panels engraved with the presentation date of July 31, 1898. The Lilies of the Valley Fabergé egg made an appearance in the cellar scene in the Peaky Blinders Season 3 Episode 5 where Alfie Solomons was inspecting a collection of jewels for Tommy Shelby making up a 70,000 GBP package at the 35:10 mark. Faberge - Treasures of Imperial Russia
Alexander III Equestrian (Fabergé egg)
The Alexander III Equestrian egg is a jewelled Easter egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé in 1910, for the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II. Tsar Nicholas presented the egg to his mother the Dowager Empress, Maria Fyodorovna, wife of the previous Tsar, Alexander III; the egg itself is carved out of rock-quartz crystal, engraved with two tied laurel leaf sprays, the upper half cloaked with platinum trelliswork and a tasseled fringe, with two consoles shaped as double-headed eagles set with rose-cut diamonds. A large diamond engraved with the year "1910" surmounts the egg, set in band of small roses, with a rosette border of platinum acanthus leaves; the two platinum double-headed eagles on the sides of the egg have diamond crowns. The surface of the egg between the eagles is engraved with branching patterns, adjoined at the bottom; the lower part of the egg serves as a platform for a gold model of a statue of Tsar Alexander III on horseback, standing on a nephrite base embellished with two rose-cut diamond bands, engraved with Fabergés signature, supported by cast platinum cherubs coiled into position on a base of crystal.
It is held in the Kremlin Armoury Museum in Moscow. Fabergé egg Egg decorating
Cherub with Chariot (Fabergé egg)
The Cherub with Chariot egg or Angel with Egg in Chariot is a Tsar Imperial Fabergé egg, one of a series of fifty-two jeweled eggs made under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé for the Russian Imperial family. It was crafted and delivered in 1888 to the Tsar of Russia, Alexander III; this is one of the lost Imperial eggs, so few details are known about it. The exact design of the Cherub with Chariot Egg is unsure. A single photograph of the egg exists, though it is hidden by another egg and can only be seen in a blurry reflection. There is a brief description from the imperial records in the Russian State Historical Archives in Moscow which describes the gift as "Angel pulling chariot with egg - 1500 roubles, angel with a clock in a gold egg 600 roubles." According to Marina Lopato in Fabergé: Imperial Jeweller this description means the clock is inside the gold egg, in the chariot being pulled by the angel. Fabergé's invoice carries a similar description, itemizing a cherub pulling a chariot with an egg and a cherub with clock in a gold egg.
These two descriptions are backed up by the 1917 inventory of seized imperial treasure which reads "gold egg, decorated with brilliants, a sapphire. The surprise would have been the clock being inside the egg on the chariot, though the exact design is not known; the egg would have been presented to Maria Feodorovna on April 24, 1888 by Alexander III. The egg was kept in the Gatchina Palace in 1891, was one of 40 or so eggs sent to the Armory Palace of the Kremlin in 1917 after the Revolution by the Provisional Government. In 1922 it was transferred to the Sovnarkom, after which the exact whereabouts of the egg are unknown. In the 1930s Victor and Armand Hammer may have purchased the egg. A sales catalog for Armand Hammer's 1934 exhibition at Lord and Taylor in New York City describes a "miniature silver armour holding wheelbarrow with Easter Egg, made by Fabergé, court jeweler" which seems to describe the Cherub with Chariot Egg. Armand Hammer may have been unaware of the significance of this item if it was in fact the 1888 Imperial egg, since he had a habit of promoting imperial items yet did not make an effort to promote this egg.
Whether this was the 1888 egg, where it is today is unknown. Egg decorating List of missing treasure
Napoleonic (Fabergé egg)
The Napoleonic egg, sometimes referred to as the Imperial Napoleonic egg, is a Fabergé egg, one of a series of fifty-two jewelled eggs made under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé. It was created in 1912 for the last Tsar of Russia Nicholas II as a gift to his mother the Dowager Empress Maria Fyodorovna; the egg is part of the Matilda Geddings Gray collection of Faberge and is long term installation at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York. The egg's design commemorates the centenary of the Battle of Borodino during Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia; the Napoleonic egg is one of only two Imperial Eggs of which the design drawings have been found, the other being the 1907 Standart Yacht egg. The egg is crafted out of yellow gold, with emerald panels and diamonds on its exterior; the interior of the egg is lined with velvet. The egg still has its "surprise", a six-panel miniature screen depicting in watercolor six regiments of which Maria Fyodorovna was an honorary colonel.
Each panel has on its reverse side the royal monogram of the Dowager Empress. The screen itself is made from rose-cut diamonds and white enamel; the hinges of the screen are ax-topped fasces. The Napoleonic egg was given to the Dowager Empress by Nicholas II in 1912; the egg was seized by the post-Russian Revolution governments and was sold in 1930 along with ten other eggs to the Hammer Galleries in New York City. It was sold to a private collector in 1937, where it remained until it was sold in 1951 to Matilda Gray. After her death in 1971 the egg passed to the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation, in 1972 the egg began being displayed in the New Orleans Museum of Art. From 2007 until 2011, the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee was selected to house the collection. In 2011, the collection moved to become a long term installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York. Fabergé egg Egg decorating
Rose Trellis (Fabergé egg)
The Rose Trellis Fabergé egg is a jewelled enameled imperial Easter egg made in Saint Petersburg, Russia under the supervision of the jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé in 1907, for Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. It was presented by Tsar Nicholas II to his wife, the Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, on Easter 1907, it is now in the Walters Art Museum in Maryland. The egg was created by Faberge's workmaster, Henrik Wigström and is crafted of gold and pink enamel in various shades, portrait diamonds, rose-cut diamonds and satin lining; this egg is enamelled in translucent pale green and latticed with rose-cut diamonds and decorated with opaque light and dark pink enamel roses and emerald green leaves. A portrait diamond is set at either end of this egg, the one at the base covering the date "1907"; the monogram has now disappeared. The egg contained as a surprise a diamond necklace and an ivory miniature portrait of the tsarevich framed in diamonds, now lost. Only an impression on the satin lining now remains.
The egg is 7.7 cm in height. Tsar Nicholas II purchased the egg as a gift to Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna; the April 21, 1907 invoice indicated. In 1920, the egg was in the possession of Alexandre Polovtsov, a former employee at Gatchina Palace and started an antique shop in Paris, it is not known. In 1930, the egg was sold along with the 1901 Gatchina Palace Egg to Henry Walters and became a part of the Walters Art Museum Collection in 1931. In 1936, the egg was exhibited along with the Gatchina Palace egg at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore and has been on permanent exhibition since 1952. Fabergé egg Gatchina Palace A detailed article on the Rose Trellis Egg from wintraecken.nl
Swan (Fabergé egg)
The Swan Egg is a Fabergé egg, one in a series of fifty-two jewelled eggs made under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé. Commissioned in 1906 by Tsar Nicholas II, the egg was presented to the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna on Easter that year for her 40th wedding anniversary; the egg is made with gold trim. On the exterior is a twisted ribbon trellis design of rose-cut diamonds, as well as a portrait diamond on the top inscribed "1906". Another portrait diamond on the other end once held the Imperial monograph; the "surprise" that came inside the egg is a miniature gold and silver swan on a "lake" of aquamarine. By winding a gear beneath one of the wings, the swan's mechanical neck and wings move. In Russia, the swan is considered a symbol of family life and the permanence of the bond of marriage; the miniature swan is modeled after James Cox’s Silver Swan, an automaton dating from the 18th Century, now housed in the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, England. Fabergé saw the automaton when it was in display in Paris at the International Exposition of 1867.
This egg belongs to the Edouard and Maurice Sandoz Foundation in Lausanne, Switzerland
Clover Leaf (Fabergé egg)
The Clover Leaf Egg is a jewelled Easter egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé in 1902 for Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. It was presented by Nicolas II as an Easter gift to the Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna, it is held in the Kremlin Armoury Museum in Moscow, it is one of the few Fabergé eggs that have never left Russia. The Clover Leaf Egg is made of an openwork pattern of stems and leaves of clover forming the shape of an egg; the gaps between the metal outline of the leaves are covered with transparent bright green enamel. A thin golden ribbon paved with rubies curls through the foliage. At the time, the production of transparent enamel was still a new method, suffered from problems while cooling. There are no flaws in the enamel of the Clover Leaf Egg; the surprise in the egg has been lost but according to archives it is reported to be a four leaf clover with twenty three diamonds, four miniature portraits of the four daughters of the Tsar: Olga, Tatiana and Anastasia.
Fabergé egg Egg decorating Faber, Toby. Faberge's Eggs: The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces That Outlived an Empire. Random House ISBN 1-4000-6550-X Forbes and Johann Georg Prinz von Hohenzollern. FABERGE. Prestel. ASIN B000YA9GOM Lowes, Will. Fabergé Eggs: A Retrospective Encyclopedia. Scarecrow Press ISBN 0-8108-3946-6 Snowman, A Kenneth. Carl Faberge: Goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia. Gramercy ISBN 0-517-40502-4 Description at wintraecken.nl