The Standart Yacht Egg is a jewelled Easter egg made in 1909 for Tsar Nicholas II of Russia It was presented by Nicolas
The Standart Yacht Egg is a jewelled Easter egg made in 1909 for Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. It was presented by Nicolas II to his wife. It is currently held in the Kremlin Armoury Museum in Moscow, and it is one of the few Fabergé eggs that have never left Russia.
The Standart Yacht Leaf Egg is a transparent hollowed-out rock crystal egg, mounted horizontally, with a gold band with inlaid leaves of green enamel and small diamonds marking the separation point between upper and lower halves, which bears the inscription "Standart 1909". A crowned lapis lazuli eagle is perched on either side of the egg and a large pear-shaped pearl hangs from each. The shaft consists of two lapis lazuli dolphins with intertwined tails. It is on an ornate stand with classical overtones, made from gold, pearls, and enamel.
斯坦达特游艇彩蛋是透明的镂空水晶石蛋，横蛋。金带与绿色珐琅镶嵌叶子和小钻石区分上下部的分离点上刻有题字“斯坦达特1909 ” 。一个加冕青金石雕栖息在鸡蛋的两侧，下面有梨形珍珠。轴由两个青金石与海豚尾巴缠绕在一起。
The surprise is a golden replica of the Imperial Yacht, the Standart Yacht, made of gold and platinum, and coated in vitreous enamel. The model rests on a carved bed of crystal representing the ocean, but can be removed from the egg.
The ca. 5,500 ton yacht Standart was commissioned by Alexander III in Copenhagen. It was first launched in 1895 and was 116 meters long, making it the largest yacht in the world at that time. It had thirty rooms, and a stable for a cow to ensure the imperial children of fresh milk! The yacht took the imperial family on frequent sorties along the Baltic and the Finnish coasts.
The Alexander III Commemorative egg is made in 1909, for Nicholas II of Russia, who presented it to his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna.
The egg commemorates Alexander III of Russia, who had died fifteen years previously. The egg is one of four to commemorate Alexander, along with the Alexander III Portraits, Alexander III Equestrian and Empire Nephrite eggs. The surprise was a miniature gold bust of Alexander.
The egg is one of the seven Imperial Fabergé eggs that are currently missing; and one of only two lost eggs for which a photograph exists, the other being 1903's Royal Danish.
The Colonnade egg is made for Nicholas II of Russia, who presented it to his wife, Alexandra Feodorovna upon the birth of their only son, the tsarevich Alexei.As a clock-egg, the Colonnade egg contained no surprise.
The Colonnade Egg is made of Bowenite, four-colour gold, silver-gilt, platinum, guilloché enamel and rose diamonds. It is one of only four Faberge Easter Eggs to include a clock in the design. The Colonnade Egg features a rotary clock made by the Swiss firm Henry Moser & Cie.
The egg symbolizes a temple of love. A pair of platinum doves represent the love of Nicholas and Alexandra. Four silver-gilt cherubs sit around the base of the egg, each representing Nicholas and Alexandra's four daughters: Anastasia, Olga, Maria, and Tatiana. Alexei is represented by a silver-gilt cupid, which surmounts the egg.The cupid is now missing a silver-gilt staff or twig which was held in his right hand and was used to indicate the hour.
Upon the abdication of Nicholas II and the imprisonment of the family in 1917, the Colonnade Egg was confiscated by the provisional government. It then appears on a 1922 list of confiscated treasures moved from the Anichkov Palace to the Sovnarkom, which was a state-run organization which collected and conserved treasures. In 1927 the Colonnade Egg was sold as one of nine eggs to Emanuel Snowman of London antique dealer Wartski. Two years later it was sold to Queen Mary of Teck and inherited by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. It remains in the Royal Collection.
The Alexander III Equestrian Egg is made in 1910, for the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II presented to his mother the Dowager Empress, Maria Fyodorovna, wife of the previous Tsar, Alexander III.It is currently held in the Kremlin Armoury Museum in Moscow.
15th anniversary of Tsar Nicholas II's accession to throne, the egg presented in 1911 to Tsarina Alexandra is the most personal of all those crafted by the House of Fabergé. 18 superbly painted scenes illustrate the principal events of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra's reign as well as individual portraits of the recipient, her husband and their five children. The dates 1894 and 1911 are set beneath the portraits of the Tsarina and the Tsar, respectively.
The Bay tree egg (also known as the Orange tree egg) is a jewelled carved nephrite and enameled Easter egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé in 1911, for Nicholas II of Russia, who presented the egg to his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna on April 12, 1911.
Turning a tiny lever disguised as a fruit, hidden among the leaves of the bay tree, activates the hinged circular top of the tree and a feathered songbird rises and flaps its wings, turns its head, opens its beak and sings.
The Tsarevich Egg is a Fabergé egg created in 1912 for Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna as a tribute by Faberge to her son the Tsarevich Alexis (Alexei). The egg currently resides in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Unknown to all but the royal family, Alexei was expected to die of hemophilia and was at one point so close to death that the Russian Imperial Court had already drawn up his death certificate. When Alexei survived, Fabergé, who knew of the Czarevich's health, created the egg for Alexei's mother Czarina Alexandra Fyodorovna as a tribute to the miracle of his survival.
The portrait portrays Alexei in his sailor suit, a favorite of the Tsarevich's. The original double-sided watercolor miniature portrait has suffered damage. The current portrait on display is an archival photograph. Inside the egg, an engraved golden disc with a rose window design serves as a platform for the portrait frame.
Napoleonic Egg 1912 Nicolas II to Maria Fyodorovna
The egg's design commemorates the centenary of the Battle of Borodino during Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia. The Napoleonic egg is one of only two Imperial Eggs of which the design drawings have been found, the other being the 1907 Standart Yacht egg.
Surprise is a six-panel miniature screen depicting in watercolor six regiments of which Maria Fyodorovna was an honorary colonel. Each panel has on its reverse side the royal monogram of the Dowager Empress. The screen itself is made from translucent green emeralds, rose-cut diamonds and white enamel.
The Romanov Tercentenary Egg
1913 Nicolas II to his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna
The egg celebrates the tercentenary of the Romanov dynasty, the three hundred years of Romanov rule from 1613 to 1913. The outside contains eighteen portraits of the Romanov Tsars of Russia. The egg is decorated in a chased gold pattern with double-headed eagles as well as past and present Romanov crowns which frame the portraits of the Tsars.
The surprise is a rotating detailed globe made of dark blue enamel, varicolored gold and steel. The globe portrays one hemisphere showing Russian territory under Tsar Michael in 1613, and on the opposite side the Russian territory under Nicholas II in 1913. The dark blue enamel colors areas of the ocean while landmasses are portrayed in colored golds.
The 1913 Winter Egg was an Easter gift for Nicholas II's mother, Tsarina Maria Feodorovna. The price in 1913 was 24,700 rubles, the most expensive Easter egg ever made. The egg sold for US$9.6 million in an auction at Christie's in New York City in 2002.
'Winter Egg' designed by Fabergé's first female designer, Alma Klee, grand-daughter of August Holmström, one of Fabergé's most skilled jewellers. Made from carved and polished rock crystal and carefully set with diamonds and platinum while the flowers in the basket are from white quartz, green garnet and nephrite. This is most seen as Fabergé's masterpiece.
The Mosaic egg was made for Nicholas II to his wife, Alexandra Feodorovna on Easter 1914.
The Egg is made of yellow gold, platinum, brilliant diamonds, rose-cut diamonds, ruby, emerald, topaz, sapphire, garnet, half-pearls, moonstone, white enamel and opaque pink enamel. It consists of a series of yellow gold belts which are pave-set with diamonds and a variety of gems in a floral pattern, providing a look of petit point tapestry work.
The surprise is a removable miniature frame with relief profiles of Nicholas and Alexandra's five children in a cameo brooch style. The back of the frame is enameled with a sepia basket of flowers. The basket is bordered with the year 1914 and the names of each of the Romanov children (Anastasia Nikolaevna, Alexis Romanov, Olga Nikolaevna, Maria Nikolaevna, Tatiana Romanov).
The Catherine the Great Egg (or The Grisaille Egg), four-color gold, diamonds, pearls, 1914. Presented by Nicholas II to Dowager Empress Maria Fyodorovna. Hillwood Museum, Washington, DC, USA
The egg was made by Henrik Wigström, "Fabergé's last head workmaster". Its surprise (now lost) was "a mechanical sedan chair, carried by two blackamoors, with Catherine the Great seated inside".
Red Cross with Triptych egg Nicholas II presented it to his wife Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna on Easter 1915. The central scene is the Harrowing of Hell, the Orthodox representation of the Resurrection. Saint Olga, the founder of Christianity in Russia is represented on the left wing of the triptych. The martyr Saint Tatiana on the right.
1915 Red Cross with Imperial Portraits - Nicholas II presented the egg to his mother, Maria Feodorovna. The surprise is a hinged, folding screen of five oval miniature portraits of women from the House of Romanov, each wearing the uniform of the Red Cross.
Steel Military Egg, 1916. Presented by Nicholas II to Czarina Alexandra Fyodorovna. Gold, steel, nephrite. Kept in Kremlin Armoury Museum, Moscow.
Made during World War I, the Order of St. George egg commemorates the Order of St. George that was awarded to Emperor Nicholas and his son, the Grand Duke Alexei Nikolaievich.The Order of St. George egg and its counterpart the Steel Military egg were given a modest design in keeping with the austerity of World War I, and Fabergé billed 13,347 rubles for the two.The Order of St. George egg left Bolshevik Russia with its original recipient, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna.
The egg was created in 1917, and was due to be completed and delivered to the Tsar that Easter, as a present for his mother, the Empress Maria Feodorovna. But before the egg could be delivered, the February Revolution took place and Nicholas II was forced to abdicate on March 15. On April 25, Fabergé sent the Tsar an invoice for the egg, addressing Nicholas II not as "Tsar of all the Russians" but as "Mr. Romanov, Nikolai Aleksandrovich". Nicholas paid 12,500 rubles and the egg was sent to Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich at his palace, for presentation to the Empress, but the Duke fled before it arrived. The egg remained in the palace until it was looted in the wake of the October Revolution later that year.
The egg is made out of Karelian birch panels set in a gold frame. This is a departure in design from previous eggs, which were far more ornate and gilded. The change was due to austerity measures taken as a result of World War I, both by the Russian Imperial family, and the House of Fabergé. However, the Karelian Birch egg was the only one to use an organic substance (wood) as a primary construction element. Its "surprise" was a miniature mechanical elephant, covered with tiny rose-cut diamonds, wound with a small jewel-encrusted key.
Due to the Russian Revolution of 1917, the egg was never finished or presented to Tsar Nicholas' wife, the TsaritsaAlexandra Feodorovna.
The egg, as it is known from 1917 document, was made of blue glass with a crystal base, and the Leo sign of the zodiac is engraved on the glass. (The heir to the Russian throne, Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, was a Leo). There are stars that are marked by diamonds, and there is a clock mechanism inside the egg.
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