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« Reply #45 on: May 24, 2008, 10:51:19 am »











Order Of St. George Egg



Silver, gold, enamel, rock crystal

Height
3 5/16 inches; 8.4 cm without stand

Marks
Fabergé, dated 1916

Case
Original fitted velvet-covered egg-shaped; lid lining stamped in gold: Eagle/K. Fabergé /Petrograd/Moscow/Odessa/London

Presented by Tsar Nicholas II to the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna on Easter 1916, the egg commemorates the 1915 presentation of the Order of St. George. The Order was created by Catherine the Great to be bestowed by members of the army for military bravery. Nicholas II was presented with the highest class of the Order for his leadership during the First World War. His 12-year-old son, Alexis, who had joined him at army headquarters, received a lower grade of the decoration. A ribbon in the Order's colors of black and orange encircle representations of the medals presented to the Tsar and Tsarevich.

When a button is pressed, painted miniatures of the honored recipients are revealed under their respective awards.

Soon after receiving the egg, Maria Feodorovna was forced into exile.

The Order of St. George Egg was hidden in a jewel box she carried while fleeing the country.

It was the only Imperial egg to leave Russia in the possession of its original recipient.
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Rosebud Egg 





Varicolored gold, enamel, diamonds, velvet lining

Shell
Height: 2 5/8 inches; 6.7 cm

Rosebud
Length: 1 3/16 inches; 3 cm

Marks
Fabergé, initials of work master Michael Perchin, assay-mark of St. Petersburg, 56 (zolotnik), dated 1895

Continuing the tradition established by his father, the Rosebud Egg was the first Fabergé egg presented by Tsar Nicholas II to his bride Alexandra.

Unlike previous Easter gifts, which on average took a year to complete, the House of Fabergé had only a few short months to create this present for the newly crowned Tsarina.

Carefully designed to please its recipient, the translucent red-enameled exterior is decorated with Cupid's arrows and contains a miniature portrait of Tsar Nicholas II viewed through a table-cut diamond.

Once opened, the egg reveals a yellow enameled rosebud, which blooms to disclose a ruby and diamond-set Imperial crown. The whereabouts of this final surprise is unknown today.



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Hen Egg (First Imperial Egg) 



Varicolored gold, enamel, rubies

Shell
Length: 2 1/2 inches; 6.4 cm

Yolk
Diameter: 1 9/16 inches; 4 cm

Hen
Length: 1 3/8 inches; 3.5 cm

Marks
Although unmarked, the egg is attributed to work master Erik Kollin.

Presented by Tsar Alexander III to Tsarina Maria Feodorovna on Easter 1885, this is the first Easter egg crafted by the House of Fabergé. Once the white matte enamel shell is cracked open, a removable gold yolk is disclosed, which in turn separates in half to reveal a varicolored gold hen with ruby eyes. A gentle push under the bird's beak revealed the final surprise inside, a miniature ruby egg-shaped pendant suspended within a diamond-set replica of the Imperial crown. The current whereabouts of this treasure is unknown. 
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Renaissance Egg



Gold, white agate, enamel, diamonds, rubies

Length
5 1/4 inches; 13.3 cm

Marks
Fabergé, initials of work master Michael Perchin, assay-mark of St. Petersburg before 1896, 56 (zolotnik), dated 1894

The translucent milky white egg was the last Easter present Tsarina Maria Feodorovna would receive from her beloved husband, who died eight months later. The agate stone creates a breathtaking shell against which a jeweled and enameled trellis of decorative motifs shimmers. Chased gold lions on either end guard the precious treasure, but what the Tsarina would find inside is a mystery since the whereabouts and nature of the egg's surprise are unknown.


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                              Rothschild Faberge Egg Retails For $18mn, Auctioned At Chistie’s





A new discovery, a Faberge egg, which was made for a top-banking dynasty was made lately.

The scheduled auction at Chistie’s International’s Russian winter auction in London next month, is expected to fetch up to $18mn(13 million euros) Peter Carl Faberge presented the egg in 1902 to Baron Edouard de Rothschild as an engagement gift. The unique Cockerel on top of the egg decked up with diamonds pops out and flaps its wings after every one hour. It then shakes it’s head during the aperture and the closure of it’s beak. The exceptional masterpiece festooned in Pink and Gold features a mechanical figure and clock. The Russian jeweler, Faberge produced only 50 eggs for the Royal family and besides this he is said to have created another 12 of similar standards for his private clients.

The Rothschild egg is aiming at the affluent Russian business people having their base in London during the auction on 28th November at Christie’s. The egg break will break the previous record set by Faberge Imperial Winter Egg in 2002, if the sale of the egg manages to fetch $18mn.



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                                          Rare Faberge' Egg Fetches Record Price








Sold for a record price ...
a guard watches over the
rare Faberge' Egg.

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November 29, 2007 -

A recently-discovered rare Faberge egg was sold for a record of nearly £9 million ($21.3 million) on Wednesday, auction house Christie's in London said.

The intricate treasure was made in 1902 by Peter Carl Faberge for the Rothschild banking family and contains a diamond-encrusted cockerel which pops out every hour to flap its wings and nod its head while crowing.

The prized object was snapped up by Russian collector Alexander Ivanov, head of the Russian National Museum, which is currently under construction and will be the country's biggest private museum.

He pledged to take the egg home.

"It will be brought back to Russia. Russia will be its permanent home. With this acquisition we are saying 'Russia is going forwards'," he told reporters.

He paid £8,980,500.

"The egg didn't reach as high as it could go. It was a little below the average price, I am very happy," he said.

Anthony Philips, Russian art specialist at Christie's, said: "It's fantastic. It has broken the previous record by some two million pounds.

"It has an amazing fascination for about everybody. It's just a magic name, a romantic association," he added, saying the Rothschild egg "is a stunning work."

The previous record for a Russian object was established when the Faberge Winter Egg sold at Christie's in New York in April 2002 for $US9.58 million.

One of only three known examples featuring a clock and a mechanical figure, the Rothschild egg is unusually large and is enamelled in pink with gold detailing.

Faberge, a Russian jeweller whose name is synonymous with extravagant craftsmanship, made 50 eggs for the Russian royal family but is only known to have created 12 eggs to similar standards for private clients.

The Rothschild egg was auctioned as part of a week of Russian art sales at Christie's which have attracted a wave of big bucks bids from wealthy Russian business people in London.

Alexis de Tiesenhausen, the head of Russian pictures and works of art at Christie's, said the fact that the egg went to a Russian buyer illustrated a recent trend.

"For a very long time the buyers were in Europe and in the United States. The Russian collectors entered the arena of the auction some five years ago, so it's a very realistic, normal price," he said.

Chris Martin-Zakheim, owner of a Russian antique and arts gallery in London, said wealthy Russians who did well in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union were keen to give something back.

"To buy their redemption in Russia, they are buying art and are giving the art back to Russia," he said.

"Paying lots of money here, for lots of art, giving it to the Russian museum, or opening their own museum, and they get their redemption, it's a fantastic system."

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                                         List Of Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs





1885 Hen

1886 Hen with Sapphire Pendant†

1887 Blue Serpent Clock

1888 Cherub with Chariot†

1889 Necessaire†

1890 Danish Palaces

1891 Memory of Azov

1892 Diamond Trellis

1893 Caucasus

1894 Renaissance

1895 Rosebud

1895 Twelve Monograms

1896 Revolving Miniatures

1896 Alexander III Portraits†

1897 Coronation

1897 Dowager (or Pelican)

1898 Lilies of the Valley

1898 Mauve†

1899 Bouquet of Lilies Clock

1899 Pansy

1900 Trans-Siberian Railway

1900 Cockerel

1901 Basket of Wild Flowers

1901 Gatchina Palace

1902 Clover Leaf

1902 Empire Nephrite†
 
1903 Peter the Great

1903 Royal Danish†

1904 No eggs known

1905 No eggs known

1906 Moscow Kremlin

1906 Swan

1907 Rose Trellis

1907 Cradle with Garlands

1908 Alexander Palace

1908 Peacock

1909 Standart Yacht

1909 Alexander III Commemorative†

1910 Colonnade

1910 Alexander III Equestrian
 
1911 Fifteenth Anniversary

1911 Bay Tree

1912 Czarevich

1912 Napoleonic

1913 Romanov Tercentenary

1913 Winter

1914 Mosaic

1914 Grisaille

1915 Red Cross with Triptych

1915 Red Cross with Imperial Portraits

1916 Steel Military

1916 Order of St. George

1917 Karelian Birch

1917 Constellation




† Indicates missing egg
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                        CHEEKWOOD MUSEUM TO HOUSE RENOWNED FABERGE COLLECTION





Nashville, TN – Cheekwood Museum of Art has been selected to house the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection, among the world’s most significant compilation of Fabergé pieces.  The exhibition will open in February 2007.  Harold H. “Spook” Stream, a long-time Nashvillian, has arranged for the Collection to be on loan to Cheekwood.  Mr. Stream is the great-nephew of the late Matilda Geddings Gray, who began collecting works by Fabergé in the early 1930s and who established the foundation to provide for their enjoyment by a broad segment of the public.

“The Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation is delighted to loan this remarkable exhibit to Cheekwood in hopes that many individuals from this region will have the opportunity to cherish these truly exquisite works of art,” said Harold Stream.  “With its careful harmony of botanical gardens and decorative arts, Cheekwood is an ideal home for these fabulous pieces, many of which depict stunning floral arrangements.  We are pleased to announce this new partnership”.

Pieces from the Collection have been exhibited worldwide.  The Collection includes 57 rare pieces highlighted by three Russian Imperial Easter eggs, and a number of important functional items, fantasy items and floral works.  Cheekwood will dedicate a gallery in the Museum of Art to the Collection beginning February 2007. 

Notable works include:
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 Imperial Caucasus Egg – (St. Petersburg, 1893); A brilliant egg presented by Alexander III to his wife Maria Feodorovna on Easter Sunday 1893;

· Imperial Danish Palaces Egg (St. Petersburg, 1895); A pink enamel egg modeled in the historic French style;

· Imperial Napoleonic Egg (St. Petersburg, 1912); A six-paneled green and gold egg crafted in the neoclassical style as a gift for Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna.

· Imperial Lilies-of-the-Valley Basket – (St. Petersburg, 1896); Fabergé’s floral masterpiece and a favorite possession of the Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna.

· Imperial Cornflowers, thought to have been in the personal collection of Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna (r. 1894 – 1917).

“Cheekwood is deeply grateful to house the magnificent Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection and looks forward to sharing its wonders with the public throughout the region,” said Jack Becker, Ph.D., president of Cheekwood.  “We also foresee providing myriad educational opportunities about the House of Fabergé and its global impact on the decorative arts. We appreciate the opportunity provided by Spook Stream, whose generosity will enlighten this entire region.”

Peter Carl Fabergé (1846 – 1920) was the “artist-jeweler” celebrated for opulent Easter Eggs and exquisitely crafted objects of fantasy produced in an astonishingly creative array.  Matilda Geddings Gray was fond of travel and first encountered the works of Fabergé at Armand and Victor Hammer’s display of Russian art at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.  The pieces made such an impact on her that Miss Gray determined to assemble a collection of Fabergé objects.  Her quest led Miss Gray to all the leading dealers in Fabergé objects, a time long before they received the international attention they now command. After Miss Gray’s death in 1971, her collection passed to the foundation bearing her name with the intention that the objects be placed on permanent display.  Following an extensive tour of American museums, the Collection was placed on loan to the New Orleans Museum of Art in 1988.





Cheekwood Museum of Art inspires and educates by making art, horticulture and nature accessible
to a diverse community.

Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville. 



Visit :

www.cheekwood.org/
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The 300th anniversary of the Romanov House

kept in Moscow in the
Treasury Chamber in
the Kremlin.


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The Standart Yacht Egg, 1909





Made in St. Petersburg.

Workmaster: Henrik Wigstrom.

Marks: Faberge, H.W., 72 kokoshnik.

Materials: Gold, diamonds, pearls, lapis lazuli, crystal.

Dimensions: Height 6" (15.3 cm).

Techniques: Carving, enamel.

Kept in the State Museums of the Moscow Kremlin, inv.no.MP-649/1-2.






Description:



The crystal egg is horizontally mounted in gold and bears the inscription "Standart 1909" on the edge of the mount. A gold band, with inlaid leaves of green enamel and small diamonds, lines the perimeter of the egg. The bottom half of the egg is decorated with a vertical gold band with inlaid designs. A crowned eagle of lapis lazuli is perched on either side of the egg; a pear-shaped pearl hangs from each of them. The shaft consists of two lapis lazuli dolphins with intertwined tails. The oval base is of quartz crystal with a wide base of white enamel inlaid with laurel garlands and bands of small diamonds with laurel branches in green enamel. An exact replica in gold of the yacht Standart rests inside the egg on an oval base of rock crystal representing the sea.



Provenance: Presented by emperor Nicholas II to his wife, empress Alexandra Feodorovna, Easter 1909.
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The Romanov Tercentenary Egg, 1913






Made in St. Petersburg

Workmaster: Henrik Wigstrom.

Marks: Faberge, H.W., 1913, 72, kokoshnik.

Materials: Gold, silver, steel, diamonds, turquoise, rock crystal, purpurine, ivory.

Dimensions: Height 71/2" (19 cm).

Techniques: Casting, engraving, painting, gold-plating, enamel, transparent enamel on a guilloche ground

Kept in the State Museums of the Moscow Kremlin, inv.no.MP-651/1-2.

Description: The egg, with eighteen miniature portraits of the Romanov czars and emperors, is supported by a shaft in the shape of a three-sided heraldic eagle. The golden egg is covered with white transparent enamel on a guilloche ground. The miniature portraits by Vassily Zuiev, in eighteen round diamond frames, depict members of the Romanov dynasty, from Michael Feodorovich to Nicholas II. The spaces between the portraits contain inlaid patterns of heraldic eagles, crowns, and czar's wreaths. A large diamond bearing the dates "1613" and "1913" is secured at the top of the egg, while a large triangular diamond fixed to the bottom end covers the monogram "A.F." The inside of the egg is lined with opalescent enamel on a guilloche ground. A rotating steel globe of dark blue enamel is secured inside the egg; it shows the territories of Russia in 1613 and 1913, represented in gold. The base is constructed of purpurine, decorated with small enamel patterns, and secured on three supports cast in the shape of flattened pellets.



Provenance: Presented by emperor Nicholas II to his wife, empress Alexandra Feodorovna, Easter 1913.
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The Steel Military Egg, 1916






Made in St. Petersburg

Workmaster: Henrik Wigstrom.

Marks: Faberge, H.W., 72, kokoshnik.

Materials: Gold, steel, nephrite.

Dimensions: Height 61/2" (16.7 cm).

Techniques: Casting, painting.

Kept in the State Museums of the Moscow Kremlin, inv.no.MP-652/1-3

Description: The steel egg, with gold patterns surmounted by a gold crown, rests on four artillery shells. It is divided into three sections by two smooth horizontal lines. In the middle section, in invalid gold, is an image of George the Conqueror in a diamond-shaped frame outlined in laurel leaves; the date "1916" encircled by a laurel wreath; the Russian emblem, consisting of a double-headed eagle beneath three crowns; and the monogram of empress Alexandra Feodorovna, also encircled by a laurel wreath. The egg is surmounted by a golden crown surrounded by a gold wreath. The four steel artillery shells supporting the egg are set on a dual-level square nephrite base. A steel easel bearing the monogram of empress Alexandra Feodorovna is inserted into the egg. On the easel there is a gold and white enamel frame displaying the emblem Order of St.George surmounted by a golden crown. The frame encloses a miniature paining on ivory by Vassily Zuiev depicting emperor Nicholas II and his son at the Front.



Provenance: Presented by emperor Nicholas II to his wife, empress Alexandra Feodorovna, Easter 1916.




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