The prototype for this delicate knick-knack was the Lilies of the Valley Egg made by Michael Perchin in the art nouveau style. Tsar Nicholas II gave this work of art of gold, pink enamel and crystal to his wife, Alexandra Fyodorovna for Easter 1898. The egg houses an unusual surprise: when the pearl handle is turned, a filigree portrait of the Tsar himself rises up, with portraits of his two eldest daughters, the Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatyana. The naturalistic lilies of the valley put one in a spring-like and romantic frame of mind.
- Brass and imitation jewels; enamelled and gilded
- Height: 6 5/8 in (17 cm)
- Width: 3 1/8 in (8 cm)
- Weight: 620 grams