Brass and crystals; enamelled and gildied
Height: 3 7/8 in (10 cm)
Width: 2 3/4 in (7 cm)
Weight: 0,9 lbm (420 g)
Product Code: 000791
Availability: In Stock
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The Coronation Egg from 1897 is the most famous and celebrated of Faberge’s creations. It has been demonstrated more often than any other at countless exhibitions, and the largest number of publications is devoted to this particular work of art from the Russian master jewelers. As indicated in the title of the egg, it was created to honor the celebrations for the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra Fyodorovna. The surprise concealed in the Coronation Egg is an exact copy of the carriage in which Tsaritsa Alexandra Fyodorovna rode to the ceremony. The shell of the egg is decorated with a lattice pattern with black two-headed eagles on a yellow guilloched background covered in enamel, and is suggestive of a heavy cloth of gold cloak with embroidered imperial eagles. The self-same robes worn by the Tsar and Tsaritsa for the coronation ceremony in Uspensky Cathedral. The Coronation Egg was kept in a glass corner display case in the Tsaritsa’s room in the Winter Palace, but it was confiscated by the Provisional Government in 1917 and listed among the treasures taken from Anichkov palace and then held in the Kremlin until handed over to the Sovnarkom in 1922 to be sold. This royal gift was later held by Western collectors.

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