1902 Empire Nephrite Egg

Gift Nicholas II to Maria Feodorovna
Made in Saint Petersburg

The 1902 Empire Nephrite Egg, also known as Alexander III Medallion Egg unfortunately is one of the missing Eggs. The Egg was probably made of nephrite, gold, diamonds and possibly watercolor on ivory or mother of pearl.

Thought to have been made of nephrite in the Empire style with a golden base and decorated with diamonds and a medallion portrait of the late tsar Alexander III.

A 2004 publication in Russian and English entitled, The 1902 Empire Nephrite Easter Egg by Fabergé, edited by Alexander von Solodkoff, suggests this Egg has been found, however, the majority of Fabergé scholars has not yet accepted the theory.

However, the discovery revealed in May 2015 by Russian researcher Tatiana Muntian, of a description of an egg in a list drawn by the entourage of Maria Feodorovna of her personal belongings from the Gatchina Palace in July 1917 when the German army was threatening St Petersburg, heated up the discussion on this Egg.

Could "Egg in gold mount on two columns from nephrite, inside portraits Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna and Prince P. A. Oldenburg" really be an Imperial Easter Egg?

Somehow the portrait of the Grand Duchess and her first husband disturbs me more than I can tell but ...

to be continued!


Background information

It is possible that the surprise from the Alexander III Medallion Egg was exhibited in Belgrave Square, London in 1935. The exhibition catalog mentions a "miniature of Alexander III by Zehngraf in a nephrite frame, lent by Her Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess Xenia of Russia". Unfortunately no images are known.


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