Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Lost Imperial Egg

From Jewels du Jour:
The following text, sharing the history of the egg, is from Wartski:

The jewelled and ridged yellow gold Egg stands on its original tripod pedestal, which has chased lion paw feet and is encircled by coloured gold garlands suspended from cabochon blue sapphires topped with rose diamond set bows.

It contains a surprise of a lady’s watch by Vacheron Constantin, with a white enamel dial and openwork diamond set gold hands. The watch has been taken from its case to be mounted in the Egg and is hinged, allowing it to stand upright...

Fifty Imperial Easter Eggs were delivered by Carl Fabergé to Emperors Alexander III  and Nicholas II from 1885 to 1916. The Third Imperial Easter Egg was until its recent rediscovery among the eight lost Imperial Fabergé Eggs.

The egg will be exhibited at Wartski from 14th to 17th April 2014. This will be the first time it has been seen in public for 112 years. (Read more.)

1 comment:

julygirl said...

Magnificent! I have had the pleasure of seeing the ones on display at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland which is not far from my home, but this is the most extravagant one.