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GOLDSMITH'S ART - Faberge' Eggs

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« Reply #45 on: May 25, 2008, 09:59:24 am »

Hen Egg (First Imperial Egg) 

Varicolored gold, enamel, rubies

Length: 2 1/2 inches; 6.4 cm

Diameter: 1 9/16 inches; 4 cm

Length: 1 3/8 inches; 3.5 cm

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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