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Twelve Monogram Egg

Made by: Fabergé __Firm ||Perkhin, Mikhail __Workmaster

On view in: Mansion Exhibit - Icon Room


About this object

In 1885, Alexander III initiated the custom of presenting his wife, Maria Fedorovna, with a Fabergé egg each Easter. Alexander III's son, Nicholas II, continued the family tradition each Easter by giving an egg to both his mother, Maria Federovna, and his wife, Alexandra. Rows of diamonds divide the egg into twelve panels. The crowned ciphers of Alexander III and Maria Fedorovna, set in diamonds, provide a simple yet elegant decoration against the dark blue enamel. Only under high magnification is it possible to notice the champlevé enamel technique. Areas for the enamel were carved out of the gold, leaving the thin red-gold ribs that form the foliate design. To the naked eye, it appears that the gold design was painted on the ovoid surface.

The gold Easter egg is covered with royal blue champlevé enamel divided into twelve panels by bands of rose cut diamonds. The blue panels have all over scroll work in red gold and the ciphers of Emperor Alexander III (AIII) and his wife, Empress Maria Fedorovna (MF) set in diamonds, each six times, the former around the lower part of the egg, the Empress's ciphers around the cover. A large rose cut diamond is set within rose-cut diamond border at each end. The interior is lined with ivory satin. The surprise is missing.

Category:
GOLDWORK
Object name:
Egg
Made from:
Gold -- champlevé enamel -- diamonds -- satin
Made in:
RUSSIA: Saint Petersburg
Date made:
1896
Size:
H. 3 1/8 in., W. 2 3/16 in.
overall __7.94 CM __5.56 CM

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.63
Class:
Object Genres
Signature marks:
MARK; MONOGRAM __inside: crossed anchors and scepter (assaymark of St. Petersburg before 1898), 56 for gold standard, Fabergé in Cyrillic, MP in Cyrillic (initials of workmaster Mikhail Perkhin); monograms on outside: AIII, MF
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Displayed in exhibition:
St.Petersburg, 1902; Hammer Galleries 1952
Fabergé Hofjuwelier der Zaren, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung Mnchen, Munich, Germany, December 5 1986 - February 22, 1987.
Russian Enamels: Kievan Rus to Fabergé, The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 1996-1997
Fabergé, A la Vieille Russie, a loan exhibition for the benefit of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Design, April 22 - May 21, 1983.
The Art of Peter Carl Faberge A la Vieille Russie, a loan exhibition for the benefit of the Scholarship fund of the Manhattan School of Music, October 25 - November 7, 1961.
Peter Carl Fabergé, Imperial Court Jeweler, 1846-1920, Hammer Galleries, NY. March 28 - April 28, 1951.
A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum. Organized by Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 1998-2000
Featured in publication:
Odom, Anne. Fabergé at Hillwood. Edited by Nancy Eickel. The Hillwood Collection Series. Washington, D.C.: Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 1998.
Odom, Anne and William R. Johnston. Russian Enamels: Kievan Rus to Fabergé. London: Philip Wilson, 1996.
Odom, Anne and Liana Paredes Arend. A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum. Edited by Nancy Eickel. Alexandria, VA: Art Services International, 1998.
Odom, Anne and Wendy R. Salmond, ed. Treasures into Tractors: The Selling of Russia’s Cultural Heritage, 1918-1938. Washington, D.C.: Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 2009. Distributed by University of Washington Press.
Taylor, Katrina V.H. Russian Art at Hillwood. Washington, D.C.: Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 1988. Distributed by University of Washington Press.