Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Yusupov Fabergé Egg of 1907

From Quill and Pad:
The egg made in St. Petersburg by Fabergé under workmaster Henrik Wigström – Fabergé used the word “workmaster” instead of “creative director” or even “supplier” – was given to Felix’s mother, Zinaida, the seventh princess of Yusupov, by his father, Count Felix Felixovich Sumarokov-Elston, on the occasion of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary in 1907.

Princess Zinaida Yusupov, a lady-in-waiting to two Russian empresses, owned the most significant collection of historical jewels in pre-Revolution Russia after the imperial family. When the princess fled Russia as the Revolution began, she left most of her financial assets in the country, including her collection of jewels and objets d’art, which were hidden in a secret vault in Moika Palace. Within five years the Bolsheviks had found the stash, though, and these items were sold off. The egg was likely sold by Russian officials in Paris or Berlin, and by 1949 it was owned by dealers in London, who sold it to Maurice Yves Sandoz (1892-1958) in 1953.

It went from Maurice to the collection of Edouard Marcel Sandoz (1881-1971) and finally to the Sandoz Foundation in 1995, established in 1964 by Edouard Marcel as a family foundation to encourage entrepreneurial commitment, creativity, and private initiative. The Sandoz Foundation owns Parmigiani Fleurier and a number of direct suppliers (including the controlling portion of Vaucher) as of 1996. (Read more.)

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