Fabergé Eggs were a work of fine jewelry created and produced by Maison Fabergé.
Founded in 1842 by Gustav Fabergé, Maison Fabergé produced its famous eggs mainly on commission from the court of the Russian Tsar.
In 1885, Alexander III Tsar of Russia commissioned the first Russian egg to Maison Fabergé as an Easter surprise for his wife, Maria Fëdorovna.
The egg, which later became famous, was white and matt enamelled and had a Russian matryoshka structure: inside the first egg, there was another one made of gold and containing a ruby-eyed golden hen, a reproduction of the imperial crown and a small egg-shaped ruby.
The Tsarina appreciated that much the gift that Gustav Fabergé was named by Alexander III as “court jeweler” and was commissioned of producing an Easter egg every year – each piece should contain a surprise and be unique.
Thanks to this important commission completed by Peter Carl Fabergé – Gustav’s son – Maison Fabergé became famous.
The production of their fine jewelry eggs continued for 30 years circa.
The preparation of each egg required a whole year of work: once the project was chosen among the various proposals, a team of artisans worked to make it real.
The number of eggs produced in one year doubled from 1895 – the year in which Alexander III died and the son Nicholas II ascended to the throne – as the Maison Fabergé produced two eggs each year – one for the new Tsarina Aleksandra Fëdorovna Romanova and one for the queen mother. Thus, in 32 years, a total of 52 eggs in gold and precious materials were made for the imperial court.
The eggs were so successful that in the first years of 1900 a branch of the Maison Fabergé was opened in London – while the Russian offices became 4. However, during the October Revolution, following the killing of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, the Fabergé family had to leave Russia.
A Russian nobleman, Alexander Kelch, following the example of the Tsar, from 1898 to 1904, commissioned 7 Easter eggs to Maison Fabergé in order to make a present to his wife Barbara.
These 7 eggs – made under the supervision of Michael Perkhin, the second master of the Fabergé – were obviously inspired by the imperial ones.
According to some experts, the 7 eggs would have been more valuable than the imperial ones because they were larger and cost much more.
Today, we have many more or less successful imitations of these precious eggs: the original ones represent real treasures of great economic and cultural value and are located throughout the world. In 2006, it was estimated that only 21 eggs were still in Russia – exhibited in the Moscow Kremlin Armory Building. The Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselberg, in 2004, bought 9 eggs from the American publisher of Forbes’ magazine, making them return to Russia.
The Fabergé Museum – inaugurated in St. Petersburg in 2013 by Vekselberg – hosts the 9 imperial eggs as well as various exhibits of the Russian Tsars.
Other eggs are collected in smaller collections in various museums all around the world such as the Museum of Fine Arts of Virginia.
Galleria Aurora offers its customers faithful reproductions of Fabergé-style eggs inspired by both the style and the concept of the illustrious homonyms.
Some of our eggs are displayed in the online shop, but to know the entire collection you can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.