[With thanks to Daily Art Fixx ] In honor of those celebrating Easter this weekend, DAF and Elliott in Gotham present the infamous Fabergé eggs. The House of Fabergé made thousands of jeweled eggs from 1885 through 1917. The majority of these were miniature ones that were popular gifts at Eastertide. The most famous eggs were the larger Imperial Easter Eggs made for Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia.
Fabergé was given complete creative freedom in creating the eggs. The only stipulations were that each egg must be unique and must contain a surprise.The eggs were made with precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones. Of the 50 made, 42 have survived.
Peter The Great Fabergé Egg, 1903. Red, green and yellow gold, platinum, rose-cut diamonds, rubies, enamel, rock crystal, and miniature watercolor portraits on ivory.
Faberge, The Rose Trellis Egg, 1907. Gold, green and pink enamel in various shades, portrait diamonds, rose-cut diamonds and satin lining. The egg is enamelled in translucent pale green and latticed with rose-cut diamonds and decorated with opaque light and dark pink enamel roses and emerald green leaves.
Faberge, Imperial Lilies of the Valley Egg, 1898. Enameled translucent rose pink over a guilloché ground and surmounted by a diamond and ruby-set Imperial crown, the egg divided into four quadrants by diamond-set borders, each quadrant with climbing gold sprays of lily of the valley, the flowers formed by diamond-petaled pearls.\
Faberge, Imperial Pansy Egg, 1899. Nephrite jade, silver-gilt, enamel, and rose-cut diamonds.
Faberge, Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg, Jadeite, Gold, Rose-cut Diamonds and Silver, McFerrin Collection
Faberge, Imperial Mosaic Egg, Platinum Mesh, Pearls, Precious Stones, ca. 1914
Faberge, Imperial Winter Egg, 1913, on a rock-crystal base formed as a block of melting ice, applied with platinum-mounted rose-diamond rivulets, the hinged rock-crystal detachable egg held vertically above by a pin and with rose-diamond set platinum borders.
Faberge, Imperial Czarevich Easter Egg, 1912. Lapis lazuli, gold, diamonds, platinum or silver. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA.
- Art meets Easter (willowweddings.com)