In 1902 the Dowager
Empress Maria Fedorovna, born a Danish Princess
- the daughter of king Christian IX - returned
to Denmark for the 50th Anniversary of her
father's accession to the throne.
The Egg that Tsar Nicholas presented to his
Mother as her Easter gift in 1903 was a commemoration
of that event.
Dowager Empress was the recipient of 30 of
the 50 Imperial Eggs that are known to have
been made. Of her collection of 30, 8 are
known to be missing. Of those 8, 5 disappeared
during the looting of her residences, the Anichkov
and Gatchina Palaces, and 3 were transferred
to the Kremlin for safe storage by the Bolshevik
government. Those 3 also disappeared. So
much for safety under the Bolsheviks!
This Egg is one of the 8 that disappeared
and it has been made by the current Fabergé company
from drawings and other information in the
collection of Tatiana Fabergé. Amongst
this information is a description of
the Egg written by H.C. Bainbridge, the manager
of the Fabergé-owned
shop in London. His description was published
by "The Connoisseur" magazine in
"Miniatures of the late King of Denmark
and his Queen are framed as the surprise
feature in the Imperial egg. The outer surface
is in light blue and white enamel with ornaments
in gold and precious stones. On the top are
the armorial bearings of the Danish Royal
Family, and it is supported by Danish heraldic
The Egg on its pedestal stand is over 9 inches
in height, one of the largest that Fabergé made.
It is crowned by the symbol of Denmark's
ancient Order of the Elephant. Thought to have
been founded by King Knut IV in the 12th century,
the order was reestablished by King Christian
I in 1464. When Britain's Prince of Wales -
the future King Edward IIV - married Denmark's
Princess Alexandra - daughter of King Christian
IX - the Order of the Elephant was awarded
to several members of the British royal family.
In Denmark it was the symbol of absolute rule.
The icon was a castle on the back of an elephant.
Astride the elephant is his mahout. It is interesting
to note that this symbol was so successful
for Fabergé that it was incorporated
into many other objects d'art made by
Our price: $4000.00.