Friday, June 15, 2012

Fabergé Friday

And Imperial Easter Egg number forty-five is - the "Tsarevich Egg", from 1912!

This egg is made of several segments of lapiz lazuli. Then gold ornaments has been added to the surface to hide the joints of these segments, making it look as if the egg was carved from a singel piece of lapiz lazuli. The gold embellishment includes scrolls, double-headed eagles, caryatids, baskets of flowers and scrolls. Unfortunately a crack has developed in the egg's surface, as can be seen to the right in the picture above.

The surprise consists of a double-sided watercolor miniature portrait of Tsarevich Alexei, framed by the Russian double-headed eagle, set - both on the front and the back - with diamonds. The Imperial eagle holds the orb and sceptre representative of the Romanov crown jewels. The original portrait has suffered some damage, and the current portrait on display is an archival photograph.

Inside the egg sits an engraved gold disc with a rose window design that holds the surprise in place. The intricate frame sits on a base of lapiz lazuli, and can be removed from the egg.

Tsarevich Alexis.

In 1904 Alexis - the long awaited heir to the throne - was born. But in 1911 he fell seriously ill with haemophilia, which he had inherited from his mother's bloodline. For a moment he was so sick that the Imperial Court had already written out his death notice. But he survived, and his miraculous recovery was therefor the inspiration for the 1912 easter egg. 

The "Tsarevich Egg" - and the original portrait - can now be seen at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where it remains on permanent view.


  1. It's beautiful and I love the history of it too, glad the little boy survived. Have a great weekend :)

  2. Hiya sweety :) You know, I didn't really know who Galt was either, but I did enjoy researching him and learning. I intend to hunt down some more of his works to purchase as well. I love to read the classic authors too. I agree with you, I do think they talk as if they know it all, but they weren't even around at that time, so finding books of authors from long ago is so much more exciting :)) Lord Byron follows me too & I follow him ;) And I must agree again..quite eloquent for a dead man ;) Thank you kindly for the compliments :)) That is just a vintage-inspired dress that I like wearing when I am out for a walk with my girls...they can get sticky hands from icecreams, so I would rather it be on my vintage inspired dresses rather than my actual vintage dresses as the others can be replaced much easier :) Which reminds me when there is a dry day I will take a picture of the recently purchased vintage dress for you that you asked to see. I'm already on the prowl for some more vintage treasures, haha :))))) But, hey you can't blame a girl for enjoying her vintage :)) <3 <3 <3 <3

  3. So lovely,
    and what an interesting story.


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