The above Faberge Egg is a copy. The original had white wood anemone flowers, and can be seen below, and at this page HERE.
The replica also functions as a Music box where the basket of flowers turns around to the “Fur Elise” tune. If you would like a nice replica or to give someone a gift of such, you can get the first one with the multi-coloured flowers, pictured above, for about $350 from the Bestpysanky Website.
You can have a look at how it is a music box by looking at the following You Tube video
I have just watched a segment on the “Get Away” television programme about the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburgh which has Russian treasures, including Faberge Eggs & Jewells on display. Wowww. I would love to go there to spend a few days looking around. Apparently there are so many displays it would take 11 years to see every object if you went there every day, and spent one minute per displayed item !!
Peter Carl Faberge, a visionary artist-jeweller, was born in 1846. His education and goldsmith apprenticeship were in Germany. After establishing himself independently in 1866, Carl continued to refine his skills. By age 24, Faberge had inherited his father’s jewelry workshop in St. Petersburg, Russia. For ten years as head of the business, Carl continued to produce goods similar to other jewelry makers. He also volunteered his time to the Hermitage, a treasury which stored all of the precious objects of the Russian czars, including gold artifacts and ancient treasures.
The House of Faberge was staffed with some of the finest goldsmiths and jewelers available. Interestingly enough, Peter Carl Faberge did not actually create any of the famous eggs that bear his name. The business was divided into several small workshops, each with its own specialty. In addition to the fabulous easter eggs, the workshop also produced table silver, jewelry, European-style trinkets, and Russian-style carvings. The two master jewelersrs most responsible for the Faberge eggs were Michael Evlampievich Perchin and Henrik Wigstrom.
In 1917, the Russian Revolution brought a violent end not only to the Romanov dynasty but also to the original House of Fabergé. History came full circle in October 2007 when the new Fabergé company, under new ownership and direction, announced the reunification of the Fabergé name with the Fabergé family.
For more information about what happened to the original ‘House of Faberge’ go to the offical FABERGE website by clicking HERE.
Please visit the official Faberge site ( link above & click on “Imperial Eggs” to the left ) to also see the fabulous Imperial Eggs that Carl Faberge designed. The first one was the “Hen Egg” for Tsar Alexander the Third’s wife, Maria Fedorovna.
The most expensive Imperial Egg was the “Winter Egg”, which sold at Christie’s in New York in 2002 for US$9.6 million. See THIS page for details.
There were 50 eggs that Fabergé designed for the Imperial family from 1885 through to 1916, and of these 42 have survived to date.
UPDATE: 21 March 2014
Back to the Hermitage Museum. There are a number of guided tours and the Faberge collection and jewells can only be seen under guided tours and of course the items are heavily guarded. Even the official website says that it can be overwhelming to visit the Museum because of the large crowds and so much to see, so be warned! There are over 3 million exhibits on display, the bulk of the Hermitage collection being housed in the Winter Palace, formerly the official residence of the Romanov Tsars, and in its annexes.
The Hermitage Museum includes the Museum of Porcelain and the Hermitage Theatre, which was built as a private theatre for Catherine the Great by renowned St. Petersburg architect Giacomo Quarenghi between 1782 – 1787. Recently it has been increasingly used as a conference hall for a whole range of classical music and ballet performances.
St. Petersburg is often described by locals as the “Gorod Muzei” – the museum city – and not without reason. Peter the Great himself founded the city’s first museum, the extraordinary Kunstkammer, for the edification of his subjects, and the city now boasts over 100 museums, ranging from the vast Hermitage, one of the world’s most famous galleries, to small apartment museums honoring some of Russia’s greatest writers. Click here to see a List of all Museums in St Petersburgh.
HERE is a link to someone’s list about the whereabouts of all the Faberge Eggs known to exist, but the Spring Flowers Egg is not listed. Apparently it has been removed from the list of “Imperial Eggs”, which are the eggs given by the two Tsars to their wives. See the Link of Times book article about it HERE.
I would absolutely LOVE to go to Russia and especially to St Petersburgh to look at the magnificent cathedrals as well as the Museum. Yes, I know the Faberge range is only for the rich and the Royals and Relgious spent extremes of money on their decorations and edifices, but I am a certain sort of human being, being myself, and that person is someone whom is fascintaed by Russian culture and crafts and architecture, and as such would love to see it first-hand for herself. PLUS, I love the “Hen Egg“.