Monday, 25 July 2016
Fabergé – Two ' Memory of Azov' Imperial Easter Eggs
Nicholas II sailed on the battleship ‘Memory of Azov’ during his eastern trip in 1890-91.
Were you aware Alexander III commissioned Fabergé to make two Easter eggs with ‘Memory of Azov’ miniatures for his wife and son in 1891?The famous Imperial Easter Egg in the Kremlin was presented to Empress Marie (photo below).
Alexei Oreshnikov’s wrote in his diary on February 8th, 1922 that he unpacked in the Kremlin crates from the Anichkov Palace containing “… the gold egg with a finely made model of a battleship, probably ‘Memory of Azov’ …”On February 27th, 1922 he wrote “… unpacking Nicholas II’s … Fabergé … in a glass egg, a tiny model of a battleship of gold and jade …”
What happened to Nicholas II’s Egg?And if commissioned in 1891, wouldn’t the date the Egg was presented to the Empress be Easter 1892?