The age of elegance, of decadence
The series of exquisite eggs shaped by Faberge for the Imperial Russian family between 1885 and 1916, is considered as the artist-goldsmith’s ultimate and most long-term achievement.
Gold, diamonds, rubies, enamel, all decorate the over-the-top gifts to the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers.
These are often referred to as the ‘Imperial’ Fabergé eggs.
The House of Fabergé made about 50 eggs, of which 43 have survived.
Two more were planned for Easter 1918, but were not delivered, due to the Russian Revolution.
It was a time of rarity; of riches beyond compare, and poverty unimagined.
And from those Easter gifts created long ago, a name, a heritage, was born.