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Imperial Fabergé Eggs

In 1885, Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) was commissioned by Tsar Alexander III of Russia to create an Easter egg to give to his wife, the Tsarina Maria Feodorvna. The Hen Egg was to become the first in an annual series of eggs created by Fabergé. Each design was left to Fabergé's imagination and he would surprise the imperial family when presenting an egg each Easter. Tsar Nicholas II continued this tradition until his abdication.

Year Name H/L* Surprise Current Owner
Eggs presented to Tsarina Maria Fedorovna, wife of Tsar Alexander III
1885
Hen Egg
6.4 cm
Golden yolk with hen; crown† and pendant†
Link of Times Foundation
1886
Hen with Sapphire Pendant†
Hen taking a sapphire out of a wicker basket
1887
Blue Serpent Clock Egg
18.3 cm
Clock
Prince Albert of Monaco
1888 Cherub Egg with Chariot†
1889 Nécessaire Egg† Thirteen toilet articles†
1890
Danish Palaces Egg
10.2 cm
Screen with ten mother-of-pearl panels displaying watercolours of the Tsarina's palaces and yachts
Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation
1891
Memory of Azov Egg
9.3 cm
Model of the Imperial Russian Navy cruiser Memory of Azov
Kremlin Armoury
1892
Diamond Trellis Egg
10.8 cm
Ivory clockwork elephant †
The McFerrin Collection
1893
Caucasus Egg
9.2 cm
Four paintings of the Caucasus home of Grand Duke George
Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation
1894
Renaissance Egg
13.3 cm
Lost, but possibly the smaller Resurrection Egg
Link of Times Foundation
1895
Twelve Monogram Egg
7.9 cm
Unknown†
Hillwood Museum, the Marjorie Merriweather Post Collection
1896
Alexander III Portraits Egg†
Six miniature portraits of Alexander III†
1897
Mauve Egg with Three Miniatures†
Heart-shaped frame with miniature portraits of Tsar Nicholas II, Alexandra and daughter Olga
Link of Times Foundation (the surprise only)
1898
Pelican Egg
10.2 cm
Pictures of educational institutions revealed when egg is unfolded
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection
1899 
Pansy Egg
14.6 cm
Heart-shaped easel with eleven miniature portraits of members of the imperial family
Matilda Gray Stream
1900
Cuckoo (Cockerel) Clock Egg
20.3 cm
Singing bird rises when button is pressed Link of Times Foundation
1901
Gatchina Palace Egg
12.7 cm

Model of Gatchina Palace

Walters Art Gallery
1902 Alexander III Medallion Egg† Medallion with portrait of Tsar Alexander III†
1903 Royal Danish Egg† 27.5 cm Double-sided miniature screen with portraits of the King and Queen of Denmark, Tsarina Maria's parents†
1904-5 Russo-Japanese War - no eggs presented
1906 Swann Egg 10.0 cm Mechanical swan
Fondation Edouard et Maurice Sandoz
1907 Love Trophies Egg 14.6 cm Miniature of the imperial children†
Private collection
1908 Peacock Egg 19 cm Mechanical peacock
Fondation Edouard et Maurice Sandoz
1909 Alexander III Commemorative Egg† 9.5 cm Gold bust of Alexander III†
1910 Alexander III Equestrian Egg 15.5 cm Gold miniature statue of Alexander III on horseback
Kremlin Armoury
1911 Bay Tree Egg 27.3 cm Singing bird rises when a jewel is pressed
Link of Times Foundation
1912 Napoleonic Egg 11.7 cm Miniature screen with six paintings of the dowager empress' regiments
Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation
1913 Winter Egg 14.2 cm Basket of flowers
Emir of Qatar
1914 Catherine the Great Egg 12.1 cm Mechanical sedan chair with Catherine the Great†
Hillwood Museum, the Marjorie Merriweather Post Collection
1915 Red Cross Portraits Egg 7.6 cm Folding screen with miniature portraits of members of the imperial family serving as Red Cross nurses
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection
1916 Cross of Saint George Egg 9 cm Miniature portraits of Nicholas II and his son Alexis
Link of Times Foundation
1917 Karelian Birch Egg N/A Possibly a mechanical elephant†
Russian National Museum
Eggs presented to Tsarina Alexandra Fedorovna, wife of Tsar Nicholas II
1895 Rosebud Egg 7.4 cm Yellow rosebud containing a crown† and pendant†
Link of Times Foundation
1896 Revolving Miniatures Egg 24.8 cm Twelve miniature paintings revolving around a central shaft depicting the empress' homes
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection
1897 Coronation Egg 12.7 cm Model of the coronation coach
Link of Times Foundation
1898 Lilies of the Valley Egg 15.1 cm Miniature paintings of the Tsar and his first two daughters
Link of Times Foundation
1899 Madonna Lily Clock Egg 27 cm Clock
Kremlin Armoury
1900 Trans-Siberian Railway Egg 26 cm Model train
Kremlin Armoury
1901 Flower Basket Egg 23 cm Flower basket
Queen Elizabeth II
1902 Clover Leaf Egg 9.8 cm Clover leaf holding four miniature paintings†
Kremlin Armoury
1903 Peter the Great Egg 11.1 cm Miniature Peter the great statue
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection
1904-5 Russo-Japanese War - no eggs presented
1906 Moscow Kremlin Egg 36.1 cm Egg interior decorated to represent the interior of Uspenski Cathedral, and a music box that plays hymns
Kremlin Armoury
1907 Rose Trellis Egg 7.7 cm Diamond chain with miniature painting of Tsarevich Alexis†
Walters Art Gallery
1908 Alexander Palace Egg 11 cm Model of Alexander Palace
Kremlin Armoury
1909 Standart Egg 15.3 cm Model of Standart yacht
Kremlin Armoury
1910 Colonnade Egg 28.6 cm Clock
Queen Elizabeth II
1911 Fifteenth Anniversary Egg 13.2 cm Miniature paintings
Link of Times Foundation
1912 Tsarevich Egg 12.5 cm Miniature painting of Tsarevich Alexis on an easel
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection
1913 Romoanov Tercentenary Egg 19 cm Globe with one half depicting Russia in 1613 and the other half, Russia in 1913
Kremlin Armoury
1914 Mosaic Egg 9.5 cm Screen with miniatures of the imperial children
Queen Elizabeth II
1915 Red Cross Triptych Egg 8.6 cm Egg unfolds to reveal triptych of Orthodox icons
Cleveland Museum of Art, India Early Minshall Collection
1916 Steel Military Egg 10.1 cm Miniature on easel of Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarevich Alexis and officers
Kremlin Armoury
1917  Blue Tsarevich Constellation Egg [unfinished] N/A Clock [unfinished]
Fersman Mineralogical Museum or Kremlin Armoury

Notes

* Height/length
† Lost
‡ Authenticity questioned

Sources

Faber, T. Fabergé's Eggs. The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces that Outlived an Empire. New York: Random House, 2008.

Flores Alvarez, O. Fabergé: From a Snowflake to an Iceberg – The Mcferrin Collection, Houston Press, 19 March 2015.


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