Height: 4 inches
Markings: MP (Michael Perchin), crossed anchors,
Serving a dual role, this egg also marked
the bicentennial of the founding of St. Petersburg in 1703.
Executed in gold in the extravagant rococo style, the curves
are set with diamonds and rubies. The bulrushes are chased
green gold. The spikyheads are set with square rubies. The
surprise is that when the egg is opened, a mechanism within
raises a minaiture model in gold of Peter teh Great's monument
on the Neva, resting on a base of sapphire.