Faberge Museum

Embankment of the Fontanka River, house number 21, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg was founded to preserve, study, and promote Russia's cultural heritage as well as to develop the city's extensive network of museums. The museum's collection contains the world's largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jeweled works of art, but also as unique historical artifacts. The museum's collection also includes decorative and applied works made by the Russian masters of the late 19th  and early 20th centuries.

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    3 Record-Breaking Fabergé Egg Auctions From Across the Industry

    Fabergé egg auctions in history: the Third Imperial Egg. Image from Hodinkee. At first, Fabergé eggs were only intended for Russian royalty. Tsar Alexander III became so enamored with them that he insisted on giving one to his wife every Easter until he died in 1894. His son, Tsar Nicholas II, kept the House of Fabergé busy crafting eggs for both his mother and wife. That all came to an abrupt end with the Russian Revolution of 1917, the royal family's execution, and many of the Fabergé eggs moving to the Moscow Kremlin Armoury. A century later, Fabergé egg auctions now inspire spirited bidding given the pieces’ scarcity and the stories behind them. Auction Daily takes a look back at three of the most notable examples. Fabergé egg auctions in history: the Winter Egg, brought to auction by Christie’s. Image from The Jewelry Editor. The Fabergé Winter Egg at Christie’s, 2002 Empress Maria Feodorovna received the first Fabergé egg shortly after Easter in 1885. The tsarina was so impressed by this egg, now known to aficionados as the First Hen Egg, that it became an Easter Sunday staple. Her son, Tsar Nicholas II, continued the tradition, giving Feodorovna several of these pieces, including the Winter Egg in 1913. Almost 90 years later, Christie's brought this Fabergé egg to auction. Three thousand diamonds cross the exterior of the Winter Egg in a snowflake-like pattern. The tsarina would have opened the piece to discover a surprise bouquet of flowers crafted with white quartz and gold wire. The gift served as an elaborate reminder of the changing seasons, from the chills of winter to spring flowers.  Christie's offered the Winter Egg with an estimate of USD 4 million to $6 million. However, when the bidding war ended, it sold for over $9.5 million to an anonymous phone bidder. "I was expecting a good price but not such a good price," admitted Alexis de Tiesenhausen of Christie's Russian Department. The lot set a new record for Fabergé eggs at auction. Facts about Fabergé eggs: Tsar Alexander III and Tsar Nicholas II commissioned 50 of…

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    8 Facts to Know About Fabergé Eggs

    In celebration of Easter, we look back on the history of the most lavish Easter eggs ever made: the bejeweled and gilded Fabergé eggs first created for the Russian royal family between 1885-1917. Eggs have been an Easter icon for centuries, representing the birth of new life. However, the humble egg was transformed into an opulent objet d'art under the masterful hand of Carl Fabergé in the late 19th century and these elaborate artworks continue to enthrall today with their royal history and multimillion dollar price tags. Here are eight facts about the most extravagant Easter eggs ever created: 1. The Hen Egg Hatched First The Hen Egg, 1885. Image: Mental Floss The first egg was commissioned by Tsar Alexander III in 1885 as an Easter gift for his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna. The original Fabergé egg was composed of solid gold and coated with white enamel to appear like an egg. Inside the white egg was a gold yolk, which held a gold hen with ruby eyes. Furthermore, within the hen's tail feather were a mini gold and diamond imperial crown and a ruby pendant. The surprise element of this exquisite egg delighted the Empress and from then on, the Tsar ordered an egg for each Easter, with the only request being that each egg had to reveal a surprise. 2. A Family Tradition Moscow Kremlin Egg After Tsar Alexander III's death in 1894, his son, Nicholas II, carried out the ritual gifting of an egg to both his wife and mother. Between 1885 and 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution and overthrow of the imperial family, 50 eggs were created for the two Empresses. The eggs often celebrated the Romanov family and Russian history, for example, the 1906 egg was built into a mini replica of the Moscow Kremlin, and the Coronation egg was made to celebrate the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II in 1896 with a replica of Catherine the Great's 18th century royal coach. The Coronation Egg. Image: Fabergé This in turn inspired other European elites of the period to commission their own Easter gifts,…