“Con­stel­la­tion” Egg

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Saint Peters­burg, 1917 House of C. Fabergé Rock crys­tal, rose-cut di­a­monds, glass h. 18 cm For Easter 1917, the house of Fabergé de­vised pre­cious Easter eggs for the Em­press and the Dowa­ger Em­press, re­spec­tively. How­ever, World War I and the out­break of the Rus­sian Revo­lu­tion pre­vented their com­ple­tion. In 1925, Aga­fon Fabergé pre­sented the ex­tant pieces of the last – un­fin­ished – Easter egg to the Min­er­alog­i­cal Mu­seum. In 2005, 80 years later, these rem­nants were com­bined to what we see here. The blue cobalt egg com­prises two parts. The up­per part is dec­o­rated with sev­eral six-pointed stars con­nected by a faint en­grav­ing de­pict­ing Signs of the Zo­diac. Fabergé had prob­a­bly planned to set the in­den­ta­tions with di­a­monds. We may as­sume that the largest star would have been in the sign of Leo, the birth sign of Crown Prince Alexej; he was the only son of Em­peror Ni­cholas II and Em­press Alexan­dra Feodor­ovna, the in­tended re­cip­i­ent of this egg. The blue egg rests on a cloud­like sur­face made of dull rock crys­tal. Fabergé had planned to add a neph­rite base, sil­ver Cupids and a clock work. How­ever, the egg’s in­com­plete state makes it a poignant sym­bol of the fall of the Rus­sian Em­pire and of the end of the House of Ro­manov, who had ruled Rus­sia for over three cen­turies.

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