Eggs the Imperator way.
The following depicts how Tsar
Alexander III ordered the court's guilder, Peter Faberge (1846 - 1920) to prepare Easter eggs.
First take a lump
of gold, around 6,5 cm large and make it into the shape of an egg, cover it with white enamel, decorate it appropriately, and inside place something that will impress and overjoy your
Empress, Tsarina, my beloved wife. And this is how one of the marvels of goldsmithery
came to be created in 1886, as a gift from the Tsar, to the Tsarina Maria
When the egg is opened, inside the gold yolk sits a gold hen with ruby eyes. The beak of the hen can be opened, and inside is a diamond replica of the
Emperor's crown, and on this crown hangs an elaborate, tiny necklace with a ruby pendant.
Later, the indefatigable Faberge completed a further 53 different jewellery eggs for
next Emperors and noblemen. 47 remain until today and can be found in various museums and private collections. At auctions, they can command unbelievable prices.
Another Easter related jewellery masterpiece was created in 1897 for another
Tsar - Nicolas II, to be
presented to the Tsarina as 'coronation egg'. It was a gold egg covered with golden enamel
decorated with motifs taken from the coronation dress worn by the Empress a year previously. When the egg was broken (shall we say opened), one could take out the
miniature gold model of the coronation carriage that it contained inside. Lets imagine how astonished a hen would be if only it could see what was inside the egg that it just lay.
But the marvelous piece of art has been
'lead' by the same master Faberge in his Moscow workshop, and a true model
of the carriage was made by Michael Perchin under the master's
Lets not forget that both of the Tsars were also Polish
Kings, so some of the artistic splendor is shared by Poles, naturally. Why
not, if Faberge, automatically, was our court's jeweler? Nobody mentions this and I sense a conspiracy of the world freemasonry
P.S. The press has just reported that another Faberge egg has been found in
Poznań, but unfortunately the middle is missing. It's a pity that there's no photo of it. Finally, Faberge was not really French, he was born in Russia as Karl
Gustafovich Faberge and died in Switzerland, as he managed to escape from
Rusia before the riots of the Revolution..
Another Faberge's egg was sold in 1985 for $1 760 000.