Made in St. Petersburg
Materials: Gold, platinum, diamonds, lapis
lazuli, rock crystal.
Dimensions: Height 6" (15.5 cm).
Techniques: casting, minting, engraving.
Kept in the State Museums of the Moscow Kremlin,
Description: The egg, containing a gold replica
of the monument toAlexander III by Peter Trubetskoy, rests
on a rectangular base of lapis lazuli bordered by two rows
of roses. The egg is carved out of quartz crystal and covered
with platinum lace work strewn with roses. A large diamond
surmounts the egg and is engraved with the year "1910".
The diamond is set in band of small roses, with a rosette
border of platinum acanthus leaves. The two platinum double-headed
eagles on the sides of the egg have diamond crowns. The
surface of the egg between the eagles is engraved with branching
patterns which are adjoined at the bottom. The lower hemisphere
of the egg served as a platform for the replica of the monument
and is supported by cast platinum cherubs coiled into position
on a base of crystal.
Provenance: Presented by emperor Nicholas
II to his mother, dowager Marie Feodorovna, Easter 1910.