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A Fabergé egg (Russian: Яйца Фаберже; Yaĭtsa Faberzhe) is any one of the thousands of jeweled eggs made by the House of Fabergé from 1885 through 1917. The story began when Tsar Alexander III decided to give his wife the Empress an Easter Egg in 1885, possibly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their betrothal. The most famous eggs produced by the House were the larger ones made for Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia. Of the 50 made, 42 have survived. Since then, the majority of the eggs were miniature ones that were popular gifts at Eastertide. They would be worn on a neck chain either singly or in groups. This year Fabergé has designed a collection of one-of-a-kind High Jewellery Egg Pendants, Les Fameux de Fabergé, each illustrating a traditional Russian proverb, through complex, multi-layered concepts brought to life by the finest craftsmanship in the world today.
Jeweled eggs made by the House of Fabergé from 1885 through 1917
Here are some latest Russian works of art available at the Sotheby’s action house.
TWO RUSSIAN SILVER EASTER EGGS, MOSCOW, CIRCA 1895
A FABERGÉ GOLD AND GEM-SET CHARKA, WORKMASTER MICHAEL PERCHIN, ST. PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1895
A FABERGÉ GILDED SILVER AND PICTORIAL ENAMEL KOVSH, MOSCOW, CIRCA 1910