“The Moscow Krem­lin" Egg

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Pre­sented by Em­peror Ni­cholas II to his wife, Alexan­dra Feodor­ovna, at Easter 1906; Saint Peters­burg, be­tween 1904 and 1906 House of C. Fabergé Gold, sil­ver, onyx, glass, glim­mer, enamel of guil­loche ground, enamel paint, oil paint h. 36.1 cm (incl. base), base: 18.5 x 18.5 cm “The Moscow Krem­lin” egg com­mem­o­rates the Im­pe­rial fam­ily’s visit to Moscow in 1903. Ni­cholas II, his wife and his chil­dren spent the two weeks be­fore and af­ter Easter in Rus­sia’s ven­er­a­ble old cap­i­tal, the for­mer res­i­dence of the Tsar; this visit was re­garded as an im­por­tant and mo­men­tous event by all Rus­sians in gen­eral and the Mus­covites, in par­tic­u­lar. Af­ter the tragedy that had oc­curred on the Kho­dynka Field in 1896, when more than a thou­sand peo­ple were squashed to death dur­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties to cel­e­brate their coro­na­tion, Ni­cholas II and his wife, Em­press Alexan­dra Feodor­ovna, avoided vis­it­ing Moscow, the old Rus­sian cap­i­tal, which brought back painful mem­o­ries of this tragedy. This is why Mus­covites re­garded the will­ing­ness of the Im­pe­rial cou­ple to cel­e­brate the most im­por­tant hol­i­day in the Ortho­dox cal­en­dar in Moscow as a sym­bol of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with them and their city. In this ex­cep­tional Easter egg Fabergé’s artists de­picted the Moscow Krem­lin. The egg is cov­ered with translu­cent enamel and sur­mounted by a pol­ished gold cupola that re­calls the Dor­mi­tion Cathe­dral, where the Rus­sian Em­per­ors were crowned. If you look through one of the glass win­dows you can even make out its lit in­te­rior as well as the iconos­ta­sis, the Tsar’s seat, and the mas­sive col­umns with fres­cos at the front. The egg’s base is con­structed of red gold and de­picts – twice the Krem­lin’s Spasskaya Tower and Taynit­skaya Tower that were con­nected with walls and bizarre phan­tasy lat­tice work. The gold base houses a gold mu­sic box that plays two cheru­bim chants – tra­di­tional Easter hymns by the com­poser A.D. Kastal­sky.

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