FABERGé

Palm Beach Daily News - - OPINION -

Tsar Ni­cholas II, ver­i­fies that it once be­longed to her;

The Cather­ine the Great Egg, a gift to Mrs. Post from her mid­dle daugh­ter Eleanor Close Barzin, who pur­chased it in 1931 from the Ham­mer Gal­leries in New York.

In­tensely French in de­sign, the egg aligned with Mrs. Post’s pen­chant for all things Fran­cophile;

A car­net, or note­book, with a minia­ture of the Em­press Alexan­dra, pos­si­bly made at the time of her en­gage­ment in 1894;

An egg-shaped bas­ket and bell push at­trib­uted to Fabergé mas­ter crafts­man Mikhail Perkhin;

The Twelve Mono­grams egg, one of only two Im­pe­rial Easter eggs fab­ri­cated in 1886. The other, com­mis­sioned by Tsar Alexan­der III’s as an 1887 Easter gift to his wife, Tsa­rina Maria Feodor­ovna, was fa­mously re­dis­cov­ered in 2014 at a Mid­west scrap metal dealer.

A mu­sic box once be­long­ing to the Yusupov fam­ily, con­sid­ered to be one of the finest ex­am­ples of Fabergé enam­el­ing;

The Blue Ser­pent Clock Egg, on loan for the ex­hi­bi­tion from Prince Al­bert;

A trip­tych icon of the El­e­va­tion of the True Cross be­long­ing to Tsa­rina Maria.

The ex­hibit, which opened in June, con­tin­ues through Jan. 13. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit Hill­wood’s web­site, hill­wood­mu­seum.org.

Photo by Maxwell MacKen­zie, cour­tesy of Hill­wood Es­tate, Mu­seum and Gar­dens

Post’s former es­tate is now the Hill­wood mu­seum and gar­dens.

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