Not an Imperial Egg but certainly
one of the most beautiful Eggs ever made by
Fabergé, this Egg was made for Varvara
Bazenov Kelkh, the daughter of a major industrialist
who owned diamond mines, shipping lines, gold
mines, railways and other companies in the
late 1800's and early 1900's.
The Kelkh family was the only family that collected
Eggs in quantity other than the Tsars and their
families. The Kelkhs commissioned 7 Easter
Eggs from Fabergé and the Pine Cone
Egg was one of them. The Pine Cone is made
of a deep blue translucent enamel over a guilloché ground
that gives enormous life to the rich blue.
It is almost as though the piece is back lighted
Layered over the enamel are discs that suggest
overlap and all the discs are bordered in crystals.
At the apex of the Egg there are four larger
stones. Inside the Egg resting in the gold
plated plinth is - The Surprise! A tiny but
perfect elephant made of metal. He has a large
stone set just above his trunk and is dressed
in a howdah of brilliant red enamel guilloché that
is set with several stones.
Astride the howdah is the mahout holding his
prod. The original Surprise was mechanized
and came with a gold key. When wound the elephant
walked with a swaying motion and moved his
trunk. That is not possible at any price in
a piece as small as this. The Egg stands on
a tripod of gold plate and enamel set with
pearls that cradles it.
Our price: $350.00.
In my opinion one of the most
beautiful Eggs that was made. Fanciful and
a perfect confection!