In one of many volumes I have
relating to Fabergé, the author said
it was Fabergé's goal that each Egg made
for the Tsar be more beautiful than the last.
I marvel that both Fabergé and his staff
had the creative genius to do this because,
of course, that is precisely what they did.
Each time I see a new Egg I am further astounded
at the beauty that the House of Fabergé
was able to create. It always took at least
a year to create an Egg, and in some cases even
longer - for example the Coronation Egg, and
the Coronation Coach inside it, where the coach
alone took 15 months to make, not including
the time to design it! Each Egg is like a small
and beautiful man-made miracle. Isn't it amazing
that we humans are able to create beauty such
as this? -- Elayne
Lilies of the Valley Egg was given by Nicholas
II to his wife, Tsarina Alexandra Fedorovna,
for Easter 1898. It was a reminder of the glorious
gardens at the Winter Palace where Nicholas'
mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna,
had turned the grounds into a world filled with
flowers. The children of Nicholas and Alexandra
loved to gather flowers in those gardens and
both the Empress Maria and the Tsarina Alexandra
were often the recipients of huge bouquets that
the children had gathered for them. Lilies of
the Valley were plentiful in the gardens, hence
this Egg. It is to be noted that Peter Carl
Fabergé also was a lover of flowers and
that probably explains the gemstone flowers
he made that were collected by the Queen of
The Egg is a translucent pink enamel guilloché.
It is divided into six panels by streamers of
diamonds originating at the apex of the Egg
and drifting down onto the green gold cabriole
legs. Each curled foot bears a single large
pearl. Stemming from the base of the Egg each
panel is overlaid with dimensional stalks of
Lilies of the Valley; the leaves realistically
shaped of green enamel guilloché, the
stems of green gold bearing life sized pearl
blossoms, and each blossom edged in diamonds.
It is so lavish that seen in person, it fairly
takes one's breath away. It is appropriate here
to remark that in today's world one does not
see lavishness on such a scale. It was peculiar
to the period of time in which the Eggs were
created, and experienced only by the very few
in the world who enjoyed enormous wealth.
At the apex of the Egg there is a replica of
the Imperial Crown entirely covered with diamonds.
On the original Egg, when you touched a particular
pearl the Crown rose up out of the Egg revealing
portraits of Tsar Nicholas and the Grand Duchesses
Olga and Tatiana, each portrait set in a diamond
rimmed oval frame. On our Egg the crown rises
with a touch of the hand to reveal the three
portraits done in the same manner.
The materials in our Egg are 24 karat gold
plated sterling silver, Austrian crystals and
Our price: $4000.00.