Sunday, March 23, 2008

Faberge Egg Buildings

As today is Easter Sunday, did you know that three of the 69 Faberge Eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his assistants between 1885 and 1917, have souvenir building themes? Made of precious metals and jewels, Fabergé Eggs are regarded as masterpieces of the jeweler's art. The Gatchina Palace Egg (1901) was made as a gift from Nicholas II to his mother, Maria Fyodorovna, on Easter in 1901. The egg is made of gold and white, red, yellow and green enamel, diamonds, seed pearls and now resides at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, Md. The top opens to reveal a miniature gold palace inside. The Moscow Kremlin Egg (1906) was also a gift to Fyodorovna and now is displayed in the Kremlin Armory Museum, Moscow. Also known as "Uspensky Cathedral Egg," the Moscow Kremlin Egg is made of onyx, gold, white and green enamel, glass and oil paint. Rather than being inside the egg, The Kremlin building replica supports and cradles an egg and is the largest of all Faberge eggs. The mother and son must have been early souvenir building collectors, because Nicholas II also gave her The Alexander Palace Egg (1908) which is also in the Kremlin Armory Museum. When opened, the Egg reveals a tiny detailed replica of Alexander Palace, the Imperial family's favorite residence. It is designed in tinted gold and enamel, with windows of rock crystal and a roof of light green Enamel. The palace replica is attached to a gold table with five legs. An inscription, "The Palace at Tsarskoye Selo", is engraved on the base.


Anonymous said...

Who knew these eggs could be so intricatly designed! Weird, yet interesting at the same time. Are these part
of your your collection as well or would you consider collecting them?

Dave said...

They are fascinating aren't they. Unfortunately I do not have any Faberge eggs in my personal building collection. I'm sure they sell into the hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars. Too pricey for me.

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