Imperial Easter eggs

Posted: April 8, 2011 by ROH in Countries, festivals and remembrance, news, Pupil, ROH, Schoolwork
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Fabrgé eggs are any one of the thousands of jeweled eggs made by the House of Fabrgé from 1885 through till 1917. The majority of the eggs were miniature ones that were popular at Eastertide.

 The most famous eggs produced by the House of Fabrgé, was the large ones made for Alexander lll and Nicholas ll of Russia. Of the fifty eggs that were made forty two still survive. A further two eggs were planned to be delivered, the constellation and Karelian Birch eggs in 1918, but as Nicholas and his family were assassinated that year, so they were never displayed.

 In 1885, Tsar Alexander III commissioned the House of Fabrgé to make an Easter egg for his wife, The Empress Maria Fedorovna. It’s “shell” was enameled on gold to represent a normal hen’s egg. It opens to reveal a gold yolk, which in turn opens to produce a gold chicken that also opens to reveal a replica of the imperial crown.

 Seven large eggs were made for the Kelch family of Moscow.

 The eggs where made from precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones. The term “Fabrgé egg” has become a symbol of luxury, and the eggs are regarded as masterpieces of the Jeweler’s art.

By Ryan O’Hare

  1. Aleunam says:

    I am very impressed with the way the secondary class team – in particular the regular attending senior students – have kept the blog entries going. Well done. I enjoyed this very interesting article on the history of the most expensive easter eggs. I promptly went on google to look at some images of different Faberge eggs: If anyone else wants to have a look, here are some beautiful examples: Rather a long link – this image is a picture of the Faberge egg Nicholas II had made for his mother:,r:4,s:0&tx=40&ty=89

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