Friday, 29 July 2016
Fabergé - Mystery Solved!
I don’t believe it!
I have the inventory lists of Alexandra’s vitrine in her study in the Winter Palace, including the Easter Eggs, for my book. My concentration though has been on researching the other Fabergé items in Nicholas and Alexandra’s rooms.
Photos, blogs and forums abound with Imperial Easter Eggs, being the primary topic of interest for Fabergé enthusiasts. It’s impossible to avoid, giving only a quick glance
Then when looking for more photos of Nicholas’ cabin on the ‘Memory of Azov’, hoping to find a glimpse of his piano, a photo of Fabergé’s model of the ship popped up in a Gatchina article (photo below).
Are you kidding me? A light bulb went on! The photo of Empress Marie’s Egg was fresh in my mind from recently uploading the photo. I had looked at Fabergé’s model at various times yet never realized there were two or that there were differences. My Bryson moment!
The Kremlin holds the two Fabergé ‘Memory of Azov’ Easter Eggs that were commissioned by Alexander III for his wife and son in 1891.
Empress Marie’s Egg
Nicholas II’s Egg
Now I am on the path to confirm if Nicholas’ egg was kept with his large model of the ‘Memory of Azov’ ship in the Winter Palace (details in my book).