Easter is around the corner and what better time to talk about the famous Fabergé eggs? Don’t tell me you don’t know that I don’t believe it, even Google has dedicated a doodle! Remember when the coronation egg is stolen in the filmOcean’s Twelve? And when the Lady in yellow investigates the theft of a Fabergé egg? And the episode of the Simpsons the merry wives of Shame? Haven’t seen any eggs in the movie ‘ The Code?
Okay, I believe you. But we get right away because if the world of jewelry you are curious you can not know the Fabergé eggs, one of the great myths of fine jewelry.
The ancient imperial Faberge eggs history
So, let’s start from the beginning. The famous egg-shaped jewelry were invented by the Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé, which became official in 1885 Tsar’s GoldsmithAlexander III. To celebrate the czarina Marie of Denmark, the Tsar asked Faberge to make a special egg and super valuable.
Result: the first Imperial egg in white enamel with a Golden hen enclosing further surprises.
Since then and until 1917 for Fabergé eggs were to be created each Easter with surprises that stupissero the Imperial couple and the whole Court.
Processing techniques of Fabergé eggs
Fabergé, who had inherited the Goldsmith’s workshop from his father, he used various techniques to his precious Easter decorations: hardstone carving, translucent enamels, set with diamonds and precious stones, silver engraving, gold Platinum or . The surprises of her eggs were of great value and significance: birds, miniature, reconstruction, pearls, watches. Themes often harked back to imperialism sinceFabergé ‘s customers were always people close to the Tsar.
The workmanship was not only very sophisticated but also very complex : do you think that behind every Imperial egg there was a year’s worth of work!
The end of the tradition of Imperial eggs
Obviously dropped the Tsarist regime and the Romanov Dynasty, the Russian Revolution marked the end of the tradition of the Fabergé eggs, whose company was nationalised by the Bolsheviks in 1917 and finished jewelry production. Fabergé, shocked by the revolution and absolutely opposed to it was forced to flee first in Germany and then in Switzerland, dying a few years later in 1920. Part Fabergé eggs ended up abroad auctioned to rich collectors.
We expect that the Fabergé eggs were about 57, most were found and now areexhibited as works of art in museums or in private collections internationally.
Let me be clear, we’re not talking about the Kinder egg, these are eggs that are worth a fortune. Just to be clear, in 2004 a Russian Tycoon has managed to bring home ben 9 specimens of Imperial eggs to modica figure of about 100 million dollars!
Unaccounted for were missing, though, Fabergé eggs 3: If you knew the features and designs, but neither was able to find them in circulation. Evaporated.
The mystery of the egg of the antique market
And now comes the Nice, make yourself comfortable. We are in a Midwestern American antique market where a pawn shop buys a nice gold egg. I pay about $ 14000, thinking of rivenderselo by weight. But between one thing and another pass some time and a couple of years ago the Junk man remembers suddenly acquired egg.To figure out how can sell it does a little research on the internet and the suspicious resemblance of Fabergé eggs style leads him to contact the jeweler Kieran McCarthy, one of the greatest connoisseurs of Fabergé eggs that works in London by Wartski.
Guess what? It turns out that the wonderful egg was created by Faberge’s for Easter of 1887 and contained a very good surprise for the Tsar Alexander III: a Vacheron Constantin watch. It’s official: it was indeed one of Fabergé eggs 3 disappeared!
My curiosity not subsiding: but how did one of the most important Fabergé eggs to finish from Russia in an American market?? Trying trying I found that after being exposed to Saint Petersburg in March of 1902 during an exhibition of Imperial treasures, was first stolen by the Bolsheviks and then reappeared in Moscow 20 years later, where it was sold under the “Transform the treasures in tractors.” So he landed in the United States, only to be purchased by a Briton in 1964 at an auction in New York for about $ 1000 as a simple “gold watch in egg-shaped case”. After the death of the owner in early 2000, the heirs sold it to just thinking it was a trinket (ugly beast ignorance!). And so the Imperial egg arrived in the antique market.
Now, try to guess the value of this jewel from Russia? Sit down as a precaution: could exceed 33 million dollars!
But that’s not all because it’s a few days ago the news that soon the lucky pawn shop is selling the jewel, now has found a buyer. Obviously the names are covered by the absolute anonymity (look), as well as the final price paid. But if someone was placed in 2007 to spend 18 million by Christie’s to buy a Fabergé egg, not imagine for one of the Tsar in person what you might pay.
If you’re curious to see him, know that the generous owner Fabergé egg has conceded that his gem is on display from 14 to 17 April in London to Wartski for the first time in 112 years old! I would say it is one more reason to take a leap in the European capital, don’t you think?
And since eggs are from ancient times a gift symbol of rebirth, I wish you all to receive one Easter!! Obviously with wonderful surprises, even if they are not those of Fabergé eggs!
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