For Easter 1901 Tsar Nicholas II gifted
his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna,
with this superb concoction of diamonds, tiny
pearls, delicate streaming ribbons, miniscule
leaves and roses all on a ground of moiré engraved
enamel guilloché in opalescent oyster
white. The tiny pearls delineate the twelve segments
into which the egg is divided, each segment displaying
a symbol of the arts and sciences to which the
Empress lent her support. Looking at the
Egg, one can understand why it is considered
one of the greatest of Fabergé’s
designs. But, to use the vernacular, you ain’t
Open the Egg and there, on the gold plinth is
a three quarter inch replica of the Gatchina
Palace complete in every detail, the whole done
in 24 karat gold plate.
Grounds filled with shrubbery, trees and fountains
surround this exquisite miniature of the favorite
residence of the Dowager Empress. The Palace
entrances, windows, the crenelated parapet, the
statuary that adorns many of the exterior walls
of this extraordinary and magnificent structure,
every detail is there to be seen, some so minute
that a magnifying glass becomes necessary. A
work of art in every sense of the word! But,
there is more to come.
Gently twist the Palace and it lifts off to reveal
a miniature of the Dowager Empress in a tiny
round footed frame set with pearls and crystals
and crowned with a variation of the Romanov Double
An astounding creation by any measure.
Our price: $4000.00.