May 9, 1896 Nicholas and Alexandra were crowned
as the new Emperor and Empress of all the Russias.
In honor of that occasion the House of Fabergé
created this incredibly beautiful Egg for Nicholas
to gift Alexandra with on the first Easter following
the coronation. Today it is one of the most
renowned of all of the Eggs and currently the
original is in the Forbes Collection.
Our Egg is an exact copy of the original Egg
except, of course, for the materials used. The
Egg is enameled in a lustrous yellow over a
starburst guilloché ground. The yellow
represents the gold of the coronation robes
of the royal couple. Overlaying that is a trellis
work of laurel leaves punctuated with the Romanov
Double Eagle insignia at every trellis intersection,
each insignia set with a tiny crystal. At either
pole of the Egg there are large multi-faceted
crystals set in bezels, the upper pole also
studded with scattered crystals.
The interior of the egg is velvet lined and
nested in the velvet is the reproduction of
the Coronation Coach in which the Empress rode
to the coronation.
The detail on the coach is beyond description.
All of the wheels turn and the front axle of
the carriage swivels as a real one would. The
roof, the doors, the coachman's seat, the footman's
seat are all done in strawberry guilloché,
often with a gold trellis overlay so you are
looking through the trellis at the guilloché
ground. The roof has a superstructure in addition
to the trellis work on which is mounted the
Coronation Crown. All of the gold work is engraved
and decorated in relief. The interor of the
coach is done in gold and is channeled to resemble
the interior upholstery of the coach. Looking
at it is a most extraordinary experience because
it is impossible to take in all of the enormous
detail that has gone into the making of this
piece at one time. Each time I look at it I
see something I have not seen before. It requires
repeated close examination to really see the
incredibly exquisite artistry of this piece.
Our price: $2500.00.
The workmaster for the original coach was George
Stein. It took him 15 months, working 16 hours
a day to complete the coach. The workmaster
for the original egg was Mikhail Perkhin.